White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château Coutet

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Barsac
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Community Tasting Notes 100

  • rmalloy Likes this wine: (91 points)

    November 1, 2017 - Ripe and tropical, and spicy too. Notes of mango, papaya, and candied ginger. Rich and satisfying with adequate acidity.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • aagrawal wrote: (90 points)

    October 9, 2017 - Light golden color; nose is aromatic, peach, plenty of botrytis spice; palate is full bodied, balanced medium sweetness with medium acidity, good freshness, youthful fruit; medium length finish. Enjoyable, good value, and certainly comes more alive when paired with savory food. Has decades of growth ahead. 89-90
    Day 2: Pleasant, but hasn't improved. Similar to yesterday, comes across as a tad simple on the palate, but again a good match for food.
    Day 4: Largely the same. A bit better integrated, still with excellent cut and freshness but also youthful sweetness.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • RajivAyyangar wrote: (88 points)

    August 19, 2017 - AA's wedding; 8/17/2017-8/19/2017 (Fremont, CA): Rich gold color in the glass.
    Lovely botrytis mixed with new oak on the nose - sweet cinnamon, clove, wax, and saffron. Rich, honeyed aroma, with hints of tart apricot and Meyer lemon fruit.

    On the palate, sweet (feels 130-150g), elevated alcohol (14%), medium plus acid - bright but not as strong as, say, the '01 de Fargues.
    Sweeter and riper style, in the context of Sauternes. En-point aromatics.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • aagrawal wrote: (89 points)

    August 11, 2017 - Light golden; nose is moderately aromatic, white fruit with slight spice; palate is full bodied, slight heat, white peach fruit; medium finish. Nice overall, but seems between primary and secondary. 89+
    Day 3: Nose is a bit more aromatic, fills in some more spice compared to when first opened; palate still full bodied, richly textured, white fruit throughout, still a bit of bitterness throughout (I initially described this as heat, but it's not alcohol necessarily, more a bitterness that isn't fully balanced by fruit at this stage); medium finish. It has the textural qualities I look for, but it's definitely in an awkward middle stage between youthful fruit and maturity. Still enjoyable to drink even now, and I think it will give people an idea of what good sauternes is like at my wedding in a few days. But if there are bottles left over, it needs at least 5+ years.
    With food, this really is elegant on the palate. It loses its richness and becomes lighter, higher acid. Has a lot of development ahead, but this really comes alive with food and shows its balance and character. Lovely. I'll leave the score at 89-90, but lots of potential for future development.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • judithfv Likes this wine: (90 points)

    June 22, 2017 - Concentrated syrup with floral and mineral notes. Drinking nicely.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson
    2/23/2017 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, Sauternes’ Summers of Love- Great Vintages in 2007, 2005 and 2001 Amongst an Embarrassment of Riches in the Last Few Decades

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/20/2009 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2008, IWC Issue #139 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2017 (link) 91 points

    (Château Coutet) Light medium golden color; botrytis, powdered sugar, apple pie filling, creme brulee nose; tasty, silky textured, creme brulee, powdered sugar palate with balancing acidity; long finish (75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscadelle) 91+ points

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau Coutet Barsac) From a half bottle. The first of a large consignment recently added to the cellar; I will be drinking this for years! Mid-gold hue on inspection. The nose has elements of marmalade, bitter oranges, apricot and certainly the richness of botrytis. Fabulously rich, honeyed, impressive, full and broad and densely sweet and compact. Still quite primary but with deep fruit complexity, with notes of almonds. This will drink well for a very long time, but I think I will leave it for a few years before I open another. Very long.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Château Coutet) Big, gorgeous, honeyed apricot nose; very tasty, honeyed apricot, sweet; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type White - Sweet/Dessert
  • Producer Château Coutet
  • Varietal Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Sauternais
  • Appellation Barsac
  • UPC Codes 000003562109, 071570020446, 1000000000350, 400005007026

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 131 (5%)
  • In Cellars 2,079 (75%)
  • Consumed 553 (20%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

apple pie, blue cheese, chocolates, foie gras, fruit tarts, pumpkin pie, roasted white meats, white chocolate

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