Château Coutet, Sauternes Bordeaux Wine (VIDEO)
What Makes the Golden Wines of Bordeaux So Sweet?
Long before Château Coutet was classified as a First Growth in 1855, Thomas Jefferson, proclaimed Château Coutet as the best Sauternes from Barsac way back in 1787. Today, as the oldest and largest Barsac estate, Château Coutet stays true to its tradition of distinction and quality. While they are routed in Bordeaux’s rich history the past doesn’t keep Coutet from moving toward the future. That’s thanks in part to the face behind the First Growth, Aline Baly. While the property dates back to the 13th century, Baly is moving Château Coutet 5G into the future, call it Bordeaux 2.0! Aline is not afraid to spread the word of the sweet, white wines of Bordeaux all over the world wide web. This social media maven, might just be the one to take the next generation of wine drinkers to the next level.
In this video, reporting for the award-winning Wine Oh TV Monique Soltani interviewed Aline Baly at Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Baly gives us all a reason to consider rethinking some of those tired Bordeaux wine traditions and shows us why saving the best for last doesn’t always work. When it comes to Sauternes you might want to serve dessert first, dessert wine that is!
Aline Baly, Proprietor Château Coutet
‘There are lots of traditions, but there are no rules with Sauternes.’’
Château Coutet 2004: The wine has a golden amber color and a nose that in its first youth displays fresh fruit (white peach and nectarine) with touches of oak, vanilla and caramel. Dense and stylish on the palate, the sappy, powerful and satin-smooth characteristic of a Barsac highlights the attractive mineral notes of the terroir, intermingled with abundant fruit. Elegant oak asserts itself on the finish, combining the complexity of rich flavors with the time judiciously spent in the barrel. $46
Opalie de Château Coutet: The inaugural 2010 vintage of Opalie de Château Coutet is delighting palates with its exceptional refinement and finesse and defining an exciting new style of dry white wine from Bordeaux. Pale gold in color with intense brightness, Opalie de Château Coutet displays slight green hues evoking its youth. The aroma first unveils citrus notes (grapefruit and tangerine), followed by floral and oak (acacia and boxwood), then accentuated by hints of vanilla. Great minerality is well balanced with passion fruit and pineapple to form the wine’s sophisticated character. The wine stands out for its vibrant power and texture for a sensation of great subtlety and lingering freshness. Available in San Francisco at The Wine House. $42