2007 Coutet, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

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93-95 points Robert Parker: " A fresh, lively, zest nose with touches of honey, frangipane and mango. The palate is very fresh and well-defined, viscous honeyed fruits, vibrant acidity and so much freshness on the finish. Harmonious and sophisticated, this is a lovely Coutet with long-term potential. Sublime. Drink 2010-2030. Tasted April 2008." (04/08) 91-95 points Wine Spectator: "Thick and concentrated, with loads of tropical fruit, such as mango and papaya. Full, lively and spicy, with plenty of botrytis and a long finish. Wonderful potential." (Web '08) 92-94 point Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow-gold. Restrained aromas of peach and spices offer good lift. Very ripe and thick, with strong acidity leavening the fruit salad flavors. Finishes with a strong, saline impression of extract and excellent persistence." (Jul/Aug '08) K&L's notes: * Spicy wine. Middle? Ralph likes it. Caramel at the end. Better than the 2001 Coutet. At UGC it showed the same. Ralph: ½* Honey and then citrus-nice complexity. Please note - 2007 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will tentatively arrive between Jan 2010 and Dec 2010. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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