Coutet 2016 en-primuer released
Coutet 2016 is released at €26.40 per bottle ex-negociant, a same price as the previous vintage.
Following Guiraid being launched at €30 this March, Coutet becomes the second Sauternes 2016 to have levelled off 2015 in release price.
James Suckling describes Coutet 2016 as 'oily and dense with lots of sliced-cooked-pineapple, honey and light spice character” (94-95), while James Molesworth thinks it tastes “pump, with a mouthful of tangerine, peach and clementine notes laced with a ginger thread” (92-95).
2016 a good vintage?
Sauternes 2016 embraces the biggest crop in 35 years, with botrytis coming through a long and relaxed harvest.
Pierre Lurton adds that wines become complex in the long span of harvest, and acclaims 2016 as a fantastic vintage for his Château d'Yquem.
Yet not all producers are optimistic about 2016, cause the growing season seems less satisfactory. A dry summer may have led to a strong tannin while high temperatures make botrytis less active.
"It's true that 2016 was a difficult year, and it's equally true that the harvest weather was a winemaker's dream", says Adam Lechmere from Wine-searcher.
Chateau Coutet is a Premier Cru and has the largest vineyard in Barsac-Sauternes. As sterling dips against euro, the French wine may appreciate some 10.8% when translated into GBP international trade price (£317).