The 2015 Coutet is a Barsac produced during a year rightfully considered as one of the driest and most sunny year that the Bordeaux wine-growing region ever faced in 50 years. Nevertheless, one can notice that this 2015 distinguishes itself by its finesse and not by its concentration for dessert wines. The harvest took place in a homogeneous crop context, from September 15th to October 27th. The liqueur is rich, totally fresh and well-concentrated. The 2015 Coutet is a blend of 75% Semillon, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Muscadelle. This yellow gold wine gives off clean and seductive notes of exotic fruit (pineapple and fresh mango) mixed with spicy hints of crispy ginger. On swirling are revealed fragrances of candied bitter orange with wild peach, contributing to the finesse and singularity of this vintage. The palate is precise, dynamic with a solid acidulous structure that guarantees freshness and balance opposing power and richness of the liqueur. This airy Barsac enjoys a good nervousness that comes from the typicity of the property soils. It is a remarkable, charismatic, worth-keeping Barsac.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Coutet comes with 153 grams per liter of residual sugar at 13.8% alcohol. It has a fragrant bouquet with acacia honey, citrus scents and a touch of melted butter, all very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive purity, those limestone soils imparting the acidity that defined this Barsac, and lending great precision and tension on the live-wire finish. This is a wonderful Coutet that feels energetic - a compressed spring coil that will drink earlier than the likes of Climens or de Fargues, but has the DNA to age gracefully over 25-30 years.