A brilliant combination of power and finesse characterizes this light green/gold-colored Barsac. It possesses moderate sweetness, terrific aromatics, and a full-bodied, rich, beautifully delineated, ethereal palate revealing delicacy as well as acidity. Although young, it is already strutting its stuff. Consume it over the next 15-25 years.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
One of the great Coutets I have tasted, with amazing definition, extraordinary vibrancy and force, and sweet, thick, juicy flavors of tropical fruits, peach, honeysuckle, and buttered popcorn, this glorious Barsac looks to be set for an incredibly long life. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.
|Score: 91/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
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|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
I tasted two bottles of the Coutet 2001. The first had a distinct, rather pungent aniseed element on the nose and a slight bitterness on the palate. Calling for a second example, this is much more representative. Here is a typical Coutet nose that is just beginning to find its groove: barley sugar and quince scents typifying Barsac, augmented by Seville orange and lime. The palate is viscous and extremely well focused with fine mineralité and tension. It feels quite youthful and linear vis-à-vis its peers and concludes with a tangy, marmalade-lavished finish. This is ageing nicely though at the same time, I would suggest that the Baly family have surpassed this with subsequent vintages. Drink 2014-2035
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (215), October 2014|
Subtle, yet powerful. Class in a glass. Superclean and lively, with honey, maple syrup and apricot character. Full bodied and oily, with medium to full sweetness and a spicy finish. Very, very spicy.
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|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Great richness on the nose and mid-weight on the palate. Lively ripe pears and apples flavours and good botrytis character. Drink 2007-2017. Date tasted 22nd April 02.
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2005|