Coutet’s location, at the top of the Saint-Martin de Mazerat plateau, offers a unique view to as far as several kilometres around. To the south, over the Entre-Deux-Mers hillsides on the left bank of the Dordogne river and to the west, on the Fronsac hillock and even to Bordeaux on clear days. At Coutet, nature has been particularly preserved: no weed killer or pesticide has ever been used. It is one of the rare places of the Saint-Émilion region where some spinneys of pedunculate oaks, holm oaks and sessile oaks subsist. Fig trees are also well represented and some small, dry meadows are home to several orchid varieties.
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Coutet has a slightly muffled bouquet at the moment: honeysuckle, dried quince and a dab of kerosene in the background. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with plenty of botrytized fruit, tensile and linear in the mouth with fine mineralité, though missing the sheer ambition and dimension of the Climens ’05. Nonetheless, one can appreciate the tensile nature of this Barsac that should give 20 to 30 years of pleasure. [92 Points, Neal Martin – June 2015, robertparker.com]