1981 Chateau Coutet 
Barsac, France
WB Rating: 84

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
Type: Sauternes
Principal varietal(s): Sauternes blend

Interesting but very uncharacteristic Barsac, seemingly fresh though unquestionably drunk well past its prime. Weighty though not particularly sweet, this wine displayed absolutely none of the dense, sweet, honeyed fruit normally found in Sauternes and Barsacs. Instead it struck me more like a semi-dry Tokay, with dominant flavors of pear liqueur and hazelnuts. Fun to drink, good with dessert, but definitely far from the normal Sauternes calibration curve. (Thanks to our good friend Don Nance for dusting this one off and allowing us to try it.) - HK 2002-10-11


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