Thomas Jefferson celebrated Château Coutet as the best Sauternes from Barsac during his ambassadorship to France. In 1855, recognized for its continued excellence, the estate was classified as a First Growth. Today, Château Coutet stays true to its tradition of distinction and quality by producing the finest Barsac year after year.
Situated in the Garonne Valley and in close proximity to the Ciron River, the 95 acres of vines within the property’s walls enjoy an advantageous microclimate and an exceptional terroir to produce a sweet wine with a signature style. Château Coutet’s vineyard is planted with the varietals traditional to the Barsac and Sauternes appellations: sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle. With an average age of 38 years, the vines have developed a network of deep roots to extract elements from the limestone and clay-based terroir, giving the grapes freshness, richness and strength. The wine is aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels following in-barrel fermentation.
In its youth, Château Coutet’s wines display generous aromas of white flowers, citrus fruits, honey and vanilla. Time brings out deeper, warmer notes in which spices combine with exotic nectars and candied fruits. Age also enhances the harmony of its roasted botrytis character to give Château Coutet a delicate and unique bouquet that is unsurpassed.
The estate’s new dry white Bordeaux is marked by its unique vivacity and richness. Delighting palates with its exceptional refinement and finesse, this cuvée is produced in limited quantities form the heart of the estate. This initiative was made possible and is the result of the continuing technical and commercial collaborative with Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, the vineyard’s exclusive distributor. Mr. Baly is looking forward to giving a rare peek at this new gem to the Saturday master class participants.