Thursday, May 9, 2013

Focus on Bordeaux: Time for Dessert

 Marc Soucy - Focus on Bordeaux :  

Château Coutet   Barsac Premier Cru Classé  2005  
 Barsac, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France       
 Grapes:  75% Semillon  -  23% Sauvignon Blanc - 2% Muscadelle

In 1643, a fortress built by occupying English forces 300 years earlier was turned into a winery. So successful was this winery that by 1789, Ambassador to France Thomas Jefferson celebrated Chateau Coutet as the finest Sauternes wine from Barsac. (Barsac is a subregion of the Sauternes appellation, and often shares the label with it.)  In 1855, Chateau Coutet was named a First Growth on that most illustrious of lists (the "Classification of 1855"), and today, it is the oldest and largest Barsac estate, and continues to produce some of the finest dessert wines in the world. 

Marc's Tasting Notes:
Appearing a bright yellow amber, this dessert wine gives off aromas of nougat and light colored candied fruit, glazed in honey. The palate is completely consistent with these aromatic notes, and brings with it a rich coating texture, and additional flavors of mango and lemon peel. The Barsac subregion shares much of Sauterne’s character, yet manages to produce wines with their own, more reserved form of sweetness. This is one of my favorite dessert wines, bar none.

 -- Marc Soucy, FWS 

FWS: Certification by the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris France

Wine Tasting Notes Prepared for BLM Wine 


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