2013 Coutet, Sauternes

SKU #1259009 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Complex and ripe, this has an opulent, full character that is balanced by fresh acidity. It’s a very fine wine, on the tight edge between crispness and richness. (RV)  (3/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Unctuous and ripe, with mouthfilling almond cream, ginger, heather honey and apricot flavors, this will need time to unwind fully, but when it does, expect more pineapple, maple and singed orange notes, as this has some depth and power in reserve, with more than enough cut for balance. A beauty in the making. Best from 2018 through 2038. (JM)  (1/2016)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Coutet has one of the most complex aromatics you will find this year - a smorgasbord of citrus fruit, lime zest, orange blossom and white peach that is beautifully interwoven with compelling mineralite. The palate is extremely well-balanced, very intense and linear right from the start, with wonderful tension toward the finish that exhibits just a hint of spice. In other words, this is everything you expect from a great Coutet. (NM)  (4/2014)

91-94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Coutet is built on freshness, energy and tension. White flowers, mint, lychee and lime emerge gracefully from a very pretty, effortless Sauternes endowed with terrific energy and focus. (AG) Pale gold. Lively, pure fruit cocktail aromas complicated by honey and spice. Dense, pure and very intense, with electric acidity giving terrific lift to the botrytis-rich flavors of banana flambe, ginger and ripe mango. The finish is remarkably clean and long, with chewy tannins. A very impressive Coutet, though it strikes me, in perfect 2013 style, as much less massive and rich than usual. (ID)  (4/2014)

91 points Decanter

 Sweet and luscious with wonderful floral notes and intense flavours that range from dried tropical fruits to sweet spices. Fairly long finish.  (1/2016)

90-91 points James Suckling

 Extremely sleek and balanced with dried-apple, pear, honey and caramel character. Full body with integrated fruit, acid and sweetness. Lively and balanced.  (4/2014)

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