Chateau Coutet 1er Grand Cru Classe 2019, Barsac
The tasting of the 2019 vintage brings out Coutet’s signature nose, marked by notes of pear, ginger and exotic fruits. The palate is particularly fresh this year, offering a very modern Coutet.
Château Coutet is a large Barsac property, owned by the Baly family since 1977. The 35 hectares of vineyards are in the south of the appellation, planted with Sémillon (75%), Sauvignon Blanc (23%) and Muscadelle (2%). The wine is made in oak barrels, aged for 18 months, resulting in a complex aroma and added concentration in recent vintages.
The first picking pass took place on 3 and 4 October. For two and a half days, a team of 40 pickers allowed picked three and a half barrels of remarkable quality with a potential alcohol of 22%. After a rapid evolution of the Botrytis cinerea mushroom, thanks to very ripe grapes as well as an ideal climatology, the second pass started on 9 October. This pass allowed the team to pick 90% of the grapes over the course of 11 consecutive days. The resulting lots represent the best from Coutet with alcohol potentials between 21.5% and 24.7%. Finally, after a break of one day, they finished the harvest with a third pass that provided a very interesting lot for its freshness and its aromatic qualities.