Chateau Coutet was the esteemed guest of the Seattle chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux on August 12th, 2014. Aline Baly represented the Chateau for the occasion which was held at the prestigious Rainier Club. Sunflowers to represent the golden nature of Chateau Coutet’s sauternes adorned the nautical themed private room.
Opalie is a dry white wine made from 50% Semillion and 50% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The vines are an average of 40 years old and they are planted in shallow clay soil that covers limestone on the finest rows in the vineyard. This imparts a great deal of minerality into the finished wine. Traditional pruning for Sauternes known as Taille a Cot is utilized. The vines are hand harvested. Semillon adds depth and body to the blend while the Sauvignon Blanc adds fresh, crisp elegance. Aging occurs in French barrels with 40-60% of the barrels consisting of new oak. The wine is aged for 9 months in barrel. This wine was so refreshing with citrus and floral aromas yielding to flavors of citrus, vanilla, and flint on the palate.
The wine paired beautifully with an assortment of cheeses, sliced meats, and smoked salmon.
Members of the Seattle Commanderie de Bordeaux were presented with information regarding Chateau Coutet and their wines.
The highlight of the tasting was a 1989 Sauternes. It’s color gleamed like liquid gold in the bottle and every mouthful tasted was a pleasure on the palate. The wine was perfectly integrated with the sweetness and acid in balance. Flavors of vanilla, honey, and marmalade jam led to a lengthy finish.
Thanks to Aline for helping us to better know the wines of Chateau Coutet. It was a memorable experience.