The 2017 Coutet, which was tasted both as a final blend and directly from several different lots in barrel, has a very well defined bouquet with pure wild honey and orange blossom aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is crisp and fresh, underpinned by Coutet’s trademark acidic drive that counterbalances the intense honeyed fruit laced with orange zest and white peach. Superb. Drink 2022-2050.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
The 2017 Coutet has lovely notions of spice cake, fresh ginger and honeysuckle over a core of lemon curd, beeswax and preserved peaches. Rich, spicy and quite decadent in the mouth, it has wonderful freshness and depth, finishing very long.
|Score: 95/97||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Wow. Fabulous focus and intensity to this wine with energetic sweetness and long, linear quality through the center palate. Orange-peel, lemon and peach undertones. Fresh finish. Drink or hold.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
Lots of powdered mushrooms, dried lemons and apricots. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Beautiful finish. A top sweet white for the vintage.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
Unusual aroma – almond paste and something more herbal as well as the rich, spicy citrus. Powerful bitter-orange flavours, deep and long. More power than elegance at this stage. Long, tangy finish.
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The yield at Coutet in 2017 was a miniscule 8 hectolitres per hectare. Bright lemon in the glass, this is fat and smoky on the nose, with lots of honey and peach. The palate has an unctuous and rich texture with great concentration of honeyed fruits. This extremely rich wine has some waves of acidity but is perhaps lacking the freshness of the greatest years. Long and smoky on the finish, this is a real wine for hedonists.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The nose has a floral charm the palate packed with ripe fruit the sweet candied peel backed by honeyed peach a fleshy richness. Tangerine gives a balancing freshness and brings out botrytis spice on the finish. Drink 2025-2037.
|Score: 91/94||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
Very clean, bright and rather magical. Not heavy in any way and yet very long and very satisfying. This is a refreshing and sensitive wine and it will appeal to all palates enormously.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|