The Fourteenth Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, Ontario, Canada): The nose was dominated by fresh cut mint, lemon, dried apricot and honey. The palate was quite viscous with tropical fruits, white plum, spice and white pepper. Could us a touch more acid in my mind as it is just so big and dense. Finish was medium with moderate complexity
Tasted over 1 hr and day 2, from 375mL -translucent med gold -moderately expressive warm apricot butter caramel -barely med acidity, med- weight with unctuous texture, med sweetness, OK complexity on mid-palate but long caramel butterscotch finish -just a bit less acidity than ideal but still very good and very early in its long drinking window, great pair for roquefort
Deep straw in color with a glint of gold. Nose of apricots and chalk. Tastes of parfait with peaches, lanolin, and minerals. Light and young. Not as complex as expected, but went nicely with Turkish rice pudding.
I don't consider myself very knowledgeable with regard to Sauternes, but I must say I was not as impressed with this older bottle as I had hoped to be, based on the vintage rating. The color was of nice dark honey, consistent with 13 years of rest. The nose was pleasant, but saw little intonation as it was opening in the glass. I paired it with a less salty Gorgonzola than I usually use, and this may have been a poor choice for this bottle. On net, it was very good, but not dazzling.
ok. not sure whether I expected more as I begin to taste through some of my 01s but thought this was pleasant but lacked the acidity to provide extra verve and life to the wine. flavor profile was ok but again nothing extraordinary.
Just another awesome showing here. Great producer, great vintage. The balance is impeccable. Nose is of marzipan, honey, fresh orange peel and a medium plus level of botrytis via some forest undergrowth notes. Palate is amazingly balanced, not at all cloying. The gorgeous fresh citrus notes dance across the palate. The Acid, Residual Sugar, Viscosity and Botrytis are all at the perfect levels to my palate. Little to no oak noted. Finish is long.
Pure joy to swish this with no hurry to swallow. A fine-tuned dessert broth of well-spiced chilled-peach. May have set the record for fastest disappearing Sauterne 750--we couldn't keep our hands off it. A lot of pleasure in this bottle.
Margaux Dinner, Harvard Fly Club: Deep gold. Lots of interesting things going on aromatically; petrol, botrytis spices, smoke, honey, vanilla, and tropical fruits galore. Some people might not like the smoky aspect but I dig it. Good volume and balance. Biscuity, spicy finish at medium+ length.
Advanced color and aromatics-volatile, varnish qualities. Not as advanced in the mouth, but thin. We tasted this blind, and I was surprised and disappointed when the label was revealed. Although I have not tasted this before, it's hard to imagine that something was not awry here. Pretty weird showing.
Climens Vertical (Pasion, San Francisco, CA): From a 375. Mint, eucalyptus, lighter styled; medium to light bodied, fresh, good food wine; finish is medium length. I initially tasted this blind and was guessing about 10 year old lighter bodied Sauternes, like Filhot. 90-91 Update: This really balanced out nicely after 30-60 minutes of air. The green notes integrated well, and the palate fleshed out a bit. An interesting wine that is wonderful to drink, but not superlative in its complexity especially for the 01 vintage. 91-92 1/20/14: (48 hours)- nose has fleshed out a bit with apricots, slight varnish continues; palate has refreshing acidity, good flavors, but not better than on Day 1. A little thin throughout. A good pairing with food, but not much more, unfortunately. 90-91
Wow is this ever delicious. It's loaded with spice, fruit & vanilla cream, with great palate presence and fantastic length. It's a fantastic drinking experience now, but there's also more than a little upside for the patient.
What a fantastic showing for this Sauternes! Nose blasts spicy botrytis, with loads of spicy tangerine and lemon candy fruit. Palate is everything you could want, an excellent balance of sweetness, viscosity, and acid. Finish is quite long and gives great lift on the Moroccan spiced apricot finish.
BBQ Brisket with Big Reds (Siggy & Jenny's Place, Mpls, MN): Medium dark gold color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 20-30 minutes. In a word, balanced. This was drinking perfectly, balanced, lovely with a nose of ripe peaches, pineapple, apricot, honey, white flowers, and spice. The palate shows good body, rich and mouth coating, with ripe peach, pineapple, pear, botrytis, and lovely purity. Nice long finish. 93+pts.
2001 Sauternes Horizontal (Pasion in San Francisco, CA): From a 750. Color is deep yellow transitioning to golden; nose shows great honey aromatics, some fresher citrus fruit, intense guava; palate has explosive tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, medium bodied with more refreshing balance than concentration, good acidity to balance the sweetness but not over-the-top acidity that produces that effervescent effect, slightly thinner midpalate; finish is medium length. This is a solidly made barsac that still drinks quite young but is enjoyable now. Many see this as a disappointment for the vintage compared to other chateaux, but I see its role as different. Most 2001s are very concentrated wines that stand alone, but Coutet is always a wine that pairs well with food due to its elegance. This wine may never reach the heights or the ridiculous complexity of Suduiraut/Fargues/Yquem, but it provides much pleasure now and in the next 2-3 decades with a special meal. This is also an ideal aperitif wine. 91-93 Update day 2: Holds up nicely with excellent complexity to accompany its light body. Such a great wine to sip with food. Update day 4: Integrated nose with more spicy fruit marmalades instead of crisper fresher fruit like on day 1. Otherwise very similar.
Brian's Birthday Dinner (Buono Restaurant, Singapore): A very nice Coutet, but this does not seem to have moved much from when I had it 2 years ago. The nose had a little smoky, rubbery twang that made E guess it was a Coutet, along with sweet scents of dried apricots and more tropical tones of preserved mangoes and candied ginger. Pretty nice. I liked the palate too. Very fresh, brilliantly delineated, this was very impressive for a Coutet, with a really good depth and moreishness to flavours of dried apricots, sweet lemons and spice to go along with the wonderfully integrated acidity of the vintage. It had a nice, rich finish too, with treacle notes sprinkled with some spice and a handful of roasted nut flavours. Very good, but just a bit lacking in complexity and interest at the moment. This should be really nice in ten years or so though, and it certainly has the bones to age well into its third, fourth or even older decades.
Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Served from 375ml.
Light gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of hazelnut, honeysuckle and lychee. Flavors of lychee, light honey notes, a bit of nuts and some minerals on the finish. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
From 75 cl. Everyone around the table agees that this is a very fine bottle of Barsac. This is fine suff with some maturity and adequate acidity, light on its feet and good botrytis. 2001 is indeed a very good vintage.
Light gold color. Aromatic and spicy botrytis aromas of lemon curd, vanilla creme brulee and ripe apricots on the nose. A melange of sweet apricot, peach and orange marmalade, all butressed with good acidity keep the palate fresh and lively.
Had this with homemade Creme Brulee for dessert on Friday night. Lovely creamy texture, lemon custard and vanilla flavors. Good structure and pleasure to drink. Minor nitpick is that the acidity seems a tad low in this wine, but that's something age may take care of as the fruit and sugars recede with age.
An almost perfect Sauternes. Well within its drinking window, those who love Sauternes could do worse than enjoying this right now. Goes down very easily, with a complex nose of classic rotted grapes. Excellent!
Spicy light strawberry and apricot nectar, red pepper flakes and dark caramel chew, the highest tones of mint; then buttered bagel, lime, and white truffles, honey and beeswax, and finally faint maraschino gasoline. Beautiful body of infinitesimal lubricating globules. Served slightly chilled.
Light lemon yellow, in a half bottle perfectly stored since release, still 5-10 years away from maturity. Pear, yellow apple, pear eau de vie, vanilla, touch of citrus acidity. Medium sweet, but still disjointed. Needs time.
excellent botrytis here and the acidity cuts through the sweetness with precision. Nose shows clover honey, citrus, and possibly pear/apple tones. It was drinking beautifully from a 750, but time will help this wine quite a bit still - 7-10 more years shoud do it.
This is a grat wine with loads of all the things you find on the nose in a classic Barsac. I've found the Coutet stick out with it's lemon notes though and the 2001 even more so. It is a perfectly balanced on the palate with the acidity and crispness and a long lingering tiaste. Bravo.
From 375ml. Although the usual suspects (baked apple, spiced pear, pineapple, creamed cantaloupe) are manifest, the presentation is subdued, closed in on itself, compacted. Unfolds a little in 24 hours, with acid and spice more prominent. Potentially excellent, this is very young and needs at least ten more years to express what it's capable of. Today, the contrast with the exuberance of '01 d'Yquem could hardly be more dramatic.
Deep golden color. I'm not sure if it was me or if it was this bottle of wine, but it performed well below my expectations. Nose of ripe mango & sweet honeysuckle, but a rather weak taste of honey, bit of citrus and mango.
I opened this a while back, found it a bit dull, and froze the last third until tonight... and via the freeze-thaw, this Barsac has come to life! A gorgeously pure and penetrating bouquet of uber-ripe pears, orange marmalade and vanilla bean creme brulee greets the nostrils. There’s terrific sweetness and weight, but it's wonderfully fresh and fruity to go with its unctuousness. Still young, this clearly is outstanding, but it needs more time (or an aggressive decanting) to show its true potential.
Lunch at Alba (Restaurant Alba, Keong Saik Road): Very yummy. Perhaps less layered and complex than expected for a 2001, but nevertheless a delicious wine to end the meal with. The nose was classic Sauternais. Honey, nectar, apricot jam, preserved peaches, dried longans, along with a little rubbery overtone. Palate was a little less developed, but still nice. Some lychee creme, peaches and apricots, more honeyed tones, all wrapped in that just superb 2001 balance that kept the wine lithe and lively from attack to finish. I thought it was a little on the thin side for a 2001 Barsac at first, but to my surprise, it actually stood up to a rich chocolate lava cake! It was just the balance of the wine that kept it seeming so light I think. There certainly was some substance here. A very nice wine.
Last two bottles that I have drank of this wine were a 180 degrees from the first that I had in 2008. All the hallmarks of an excellent Sauternes: armomatically pleasant, rich, sweet but balanced acidity to provide a fresh apricot and pear flavor that lingers memorably.
Medium yellow. Great sweet lemon nose. Very sweet with a bit of bothrytis. Really nice citrus flavours combined with a balanced sweet finish. There is a lot of nice acid to finish off this great Barsac. I think Coutet is quickly becoming my favorite Sauternes/Barsac.
Deep glossy, golden colour. Quite a light fresh nose; apricots, botrytis, citrus and zingy pineapple. The unctuous, rich full body is balanced well with the lively acidity. Lovely complexity of flavour. Powerfully concentrated palate of orange marmalade, apricot, vanilla brulee and maple syrup. Intense, sweet, long and lingering. Very good.
Nice nose of orange peel, pound cake, and later on caramel. Medium body, nice palate that combined toffee and caramel with citrus oils, but this wine was difficult to drink, even after a great dinner with dessert, because it has no acidity to speak of. Off balance. Many people didn't finish their glass, I noticed. Too sweet without the balance.
A beautiful golden yellow color with aromas of sweet jet fuel. Full bodied and well layered. Rich wth abundant tropicals, exotics, and citrus. The acidity is on the light side for a nice balance and early consumption. Drink or hold.
From half bottle. Medium gold. Intense, quite honeyed nose, floral, sweet and slightly spicy. Good concentration on palate, but elegant too. Candied stone fruit, floral notes and lovely crisp acidity on a very good length finish. Lovely!
Appealing Nose of Mango, Bananna, Apricot. Attack was a liitle sluggish to reveal the citric flavor, but soft and round. Warm mouthfeel. Develpoment of the flavors of apple, apricot, and lemon evolved for about 30 seconds. Good, but lacked the integration and finesse I had hoped for.
i'm not getting any younger so drink what i have... a tad cloying but very tasty none-the-less... little wierd on the finish in the back palate, but yet quite enjoyable... probably better in a few years...
The Wine Society: 1855 - Celebrating the Bordeaux Classifications (Lancaster): Lemony pale gold. Quite a light nose - very fresh with a physalis perfume. Much higher acidity than the 2003 Exhibition Sauternes from the Wine Society and the 2001 Doisy Védrines. This is very elegant indeed. Almost a bit too refined. Very pure. Hugely clean, especially afterwards, and really refreshing. Very Good Indeed.
Rich yellow golden hue, clear at the edge; Nose inaccessible and subdued upon opening - after several days in the bottle, vanilla, tropical fruit reveals itself on the nose; sweet custardy flavor with lemon filling, slathers the tongue, a long finish with the rich body balancing the understated tart acidity. Never cloying.
This was a nice Sauternes/Barsac but I just thought it was young and rough around the edges. Rich yellow color. Notes of apricot, almond and nutmeg with a slightly spicy finish. Full bodied and textural. Needs significant time in my opinion. Not really my style of Sauternes but for those with a preference for fuller and spicier dessert wines it will be up your alley. 92-94+ points. Closer to the low end now.