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Strong Value in the 2009 Le Chartreuse de Coutet


This was my first experience with the second wine of Chateau Coutet despite having been produced since 1977.  It will not be my last.  The 2009 La Chartreuse de Coutet is drinking great right now.  There is some of the sweetness you expect from a Sauternes but I was attracted to the acidity which kept it lively throughout.  I finished this half bottle over two nights, perhaps there was more to develop but I could not wait.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Chateau Coutet, La Chartreuse de Coutet, Barsac – $13 (375 mL)
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, and 2% Muscadelle sourced from 15-year-old vines.  The fruit was pressed three times then fermented and aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The light to medium strength nose was of tropical white and yellow fruit along with floral, sweet potpourri.  In the mouth there were apricot flavors.  The residual sugar was integrated with acidity, a little spice, and banana.  It was ripe with fresh spice, good acidity then tangy orange flavors and more spices in the finish.  *** Now-2023.

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