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April 27, 2016

Chateau Coutet 2015

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With the 2015 Bordeaux en primeur campaign beginning today we are now delighted to offer our first release; Chateau Coutet 2015. Following the huge popularity of the 2014 release a year ago, Coutet once again offers critical acclaim and great value when compared to older vintages.

Chateau Coutet 2015, 12×75 £280 EP or 6×75 £140 EP 

James Suckling has awarded the Coutet 2015 94-95 points, a jump up on the 92-93 points that he gave to the 2014. His score places the Coutet 2015 on par with the legendary 2010 vintage which currently trades around £420 IB per full case. As such, our release price today of £280 IB per 12 bottle case offers a 33% discount to the similar scoring 2010, offering vintage premium when buying on release. Furthermore, at just £23.30 IB per bottle this makes Coutet 2015 attractively priced, particularly when we draw comparisons to Chateau d’Yquem whose previous release prices were around £200 per bottle!

Vintage

Release Price

Score (JS)

Score (WS)

Current Price

2015

£280

94-95

94-97

£280

2014

£230

92-93

95-98

£230

2013

£265

96

94-97

£215

2012

£350

n/a

92

£260

2011

£450

93

97

£425

2010

£500

94

95

£420

Bill Blatch, the powerhouse of knowledge behind Bordeaux Gold, describes 2015 as “a dream vintage for Sauternes” and suggests that the wines would be not only “lovely in youth” but would also have the ability to “age very well.  During the frenzy of activity around Bordeaux reds, these naturally sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes are often overlooked but this has not been the case with the 2015 vintage. James Molesworth, from the Wine Spectator calls the wines “extremely promising” giving the Coutet 2015 94 – 97 points, potentially one of its best scores ever.

Coutet it is one of our favourite sweet wines, possessing incredible complexity and balance. It is in fact one of the oldest Sauternes producing vineyards. Thomas Jefferson celebrated Chateau Coutet as the best Sauternes during his ambassadorship to France. In 1855, the Estate was recognised for its continued excellence, and was classified as a First Growth. Today, it stays true to its tradition of distinction and quality by producing the finest sweet wine year after year and 2015 is certainly no exception, thanks to favourable climatic conditions which led to another exceptional harvest.

A Coutet with great depth and fruit. So much dried tropical fruit character, bright acidity and fruit sweetness. Vivid and clean.  James Suckling, 94-95 Points

Vibrant, with singed almond frame sprinting along, this offers nectarine, with peach and star fruit notes. Mirabelle plum pineapple details echo through the finish. Very long, boasting terrific range. James Molesworth, 94-97 Points

We tasted the sweet wines form Sauternes and Barsac during our recent trip to Bordeaux and the Coutet 2015 was a particular stand out. The wines compare stylistically to 2010, with sweet fruit, tropical flavours, offering a viscous mouthfeel and ripe elegant aromas. Coutet 2015 undoubtedly shows strong potential. For sweet wine lovers this is a must buy!

If you are interested in taking a 2015 allocation, please let me know at your earliest convenience.

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

• Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge

• Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case

• Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case

• Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case

• Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each