2015 Chateau Coutet

Year: 2015
Appellation: Barsac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 95-97
Jeff Leve: 95
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"Flattering, with a mix of pineapple, peach, pear and yellow apple flavors that give this both treble and bass. Gilded with heather and lemon curd on the finish, with a flash of piecrust that should blossom as this matures. Best from 2020 through 2040. 4,583 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"The 2015 Coutet is pale lemon colored with intense grapefruit, lemon pie and pineapple notes with touches of crushed rocks, honeycomb and lime zest plus a waft of orange blossoms. Rich, opulent and layered with loads of tropical and citrus notes, it has wonderful freshness, finishing long." (WA)

"The 2015 Coutet is a little reduced on the nose and lacks the flair of some of its peers. Pinched at the moment - maybe going through a sulky phase? The palate is well balanced and very harmonious, viscous in texture with perfectly matched acidity and fine delineation and precision toward the finish. Once the bouquet awakens this should be a seriously fine Barsac/Sauternes. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting." (VM)

"Conentrated, creamy and elegant, this is a beautiful Barsac with delicate exotic-fruit character and a very long, rather oily finish. You could drink it now, but it will gain a lot from extended ageing."(JS)

"A heavenly dessert wine, the 2015 Château Coutet boasts a huge nose of caramelized citrus, crème brûlée, tangerine, and honeysuckle. With huge richness and sweetness, moderate acidity, a thick, fat mouthfeel and a blockbuster finish, it’s borderline over the top yet holds it together. It will be interesting to see how this evolves, but it’s undeniably gorgeous today." (JD)

"95-97. Barrel Sample. The wine is ripe yet stylish and pure. It has a great balance between bright acidity and rich fruitiness. It is a very fine wine with great aging potential, as it hints at the more opulent future to come. -Roger Voss" (WE)

"Rich, concentrated, lush and sweet, the mix of ripe and over ripe, sweet, juicy, tropical fruits, apricots, vanilla, orange and are coated honey and floral notes. There is a lot of sweetness here, but the acidity keeps it on the up and up. 3643 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018" (JL)