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This leading Barsac property is one of the oldest in the region and has been producing wine since 1643. It is owned by the Baly family with technical and commercial input from Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Mouton). The 38.5 hectare vineyard is planted 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. Barrel ageing extends for 18 months in 100% new oak.
Bright, yellow gold colour, with citrus, apricot, pineapple and a ton of mango fruits on the palate. Silky texture with spikes of lime juice bringing pep and definition. Saffron and white pepper add even more lift through the finish, this is excellent and easy to recommend.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2050
Full bottle all of 1,405 g. 95% Sémillon, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle. Cask sample. 18 months in oak envisaged. No information on yield.
Greenish hint to the golden hue. Very classic with a botrytis note and some real freshness. Weight and integrity here with a savoury, even bacon-fat, finish. Not one of the sweetest wines, or what I probably mean is that the acidity is more pronounced than in many of its peers. Sleek and fresh. But probably for relatively early drinking. 13.5%
Drink 2024 – 2038
Bright gold colour. Rich with creme brulee, pineapples in syrup and baked vanilla. The palate has luscious fruit but moderated sugar for Coutet, allowing the vinous qualities to shine through. Ginger, cinnamon and vanilla mingle with luscious, poached stone fruits through to the finish.
Pale lemon-yellow; fresh, fine, honeyed, well-defined, with the characteristic hint of limestone minerality; medium-full, fresh wine; sweet, refined, but with very limited concentration and botrytis complexity, a moderate length of flavor for the cru, attractive, but limited for Coutet, and with good, light length to finish. Class, yes, but a “slender” aperitif style. Likely to age gracefully but always at this mezzo-piano dynamic.