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2011 Coutet, Sauternes

SKU #1231673 97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark *Highly Recommended* White peach, pineapple, white ginger, orange zest and green fig notes are clear and racy, while green almond, brioche, pear and yellow apple details wait in reserve. Offers stunning range and polish, showing terrific energy and cut on the finish. This just makes you feel special when you drink it. An estate that has been rising steadily for a while now. Best from 2016 through 2035. Inner quote mark (3/2014)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Well balanced, this gorgeous ripe wine is packed full of fresh yellow fruits, ripe oranges and lemon. The fruit counterpoints the generous, dense structure, offering the dry core of botrytis. Acidity gives a line of freshness at the end. Drink from 2020. Inner quote mark (5/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright golden yellow. Ripe tropical fruit, peach, marzipan and honey on the captivating nose, complicated by ample botrytis of crystalline purity. Big, dense and suave on the palate, with rich, ripe peach and apricot flavors lifted by a bright floral note. Finishes very long and creamy, with hints of earth and herbs. With 6 g/l total acidity and 155 g/l residual sugar, this marvelously balanced wine magically combines power and refinement. Another great Coutet in the making. (ID) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This sweet white is quite oily, with dried-pineapple and mango character. It’s full-bodied, very sweet and juicy on finish. Thick and rich. Drink now or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The 2011 Château Coutet has a distinctive but attractive bouquet: clear honey, rosewater, peach and just a touch of barley sugar that pins it down to Barsac. The palate is medium-bodied and viscous in texture. There is more harmony here than the nose, nicely understated with quince and barley sugar, dovetailing into an elegant finish. I would prefer just a touch more weight and persistence but otherwise this is a fine Sauternes even if it does not quite meet my expectations from barrel, primarily since it is just missing Coutet's usual razor-sharp acidity that imparts such electricity into its finest vintages. Nevertheless, this will provide much pleasure over the next two or three decades. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Aroma of baked apples. Rich and sweet and viscous. Tangy orange spice on the palate, full of flavour and just in harmony. Very rich and powerful but more power than elegance. (17/20 points) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

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