Recommendation: When you want a really special dessert wine (to have with blue cheese and fresh fruit) this Sauternes gets an unqualified recommendation. It just doesn’t get any better!!!
Winery/Producer: Chateau Coutet; Barsac, France
Grape Variety: Blend: 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Sauternes; Bordeaux, France.
Purchased From: Manhattan Wine Company..
Paired With: An assortment of Murrays blue cheeses, fresh slices of apples & pears, dried apricots and glazed walnuts.
He said: Slightly chilled before drinking. Dark golden color with the same color rim. Intense very ripe apple and honeysuckle aroma. Luscious, velvety, mouth coating and like honey right from the hive; apple and apricot fruit taste coupled with PERFECT FRESH ACIDITY. This continues through a long flavorful finish that ends on a mineral note. With a slice of fresh apple and blue cheese it was simply FANTASTIC…one of the best “all-time” wine parings and so delicious on its own. This wine and a pairing like this only come along every so often…it’s so MEMORABLE it makes a lasting impression. And, although not inexpensive, it’s worth every penny…in spades!!! When you want a really special dessert wine (to have with blue cheese and fresh fruit) this Sauternes gets an unqualified recommendation. It just doesn’t get any better!!!
She said: Orange/yellow color with thin, irregular, slowly moving legs. The aroma was a knock-your-socks off ripe apple and a flavor with no constraints. The taste continues in the mouth with a sweetness that was delicious with the cheese and apples, less so with the pears. This wine was memorable and I would serve it again with fruit.Comments: Learn more about the Chateau Couter. See also our post Rhone Blend wine tasting dinner: A great dinner-party format where we served this wine for dessert.
UPC Code: NA
Imported by: Miller Squared, Inc.; Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Photo from Chateau Coutet.