Since 1977, the Baly family have been the representatives of this great wine - one that Thomas Jefferson once lauded as "the best Sauternes of Barsac". Aline Baly, who has been working with her uncle Philippe at Coutet since 2008, is made a little more aware each day that no other estate could have been a better fit for her grandfather's personality. A former soldier, he fell in love with the 13th-century fortress and, once there, created a style of wine that reflected his character: frank and absolutely meticulous.
The estate's journey towards fully organic agriculture began in 2014; this year, progress continues with the achievement of various ecological certifications, including High Environmental Value Level 3. In order to encourage biodiversity, new hedges have been planted: the bees peacefully gathering pollen and the multitude of insects have the opportunity to shelter in their new 'hotel', which was completed this year.
Coutet 2019 caresses the nostrils with notes of ginger, pear and exotic fruit, then explodes with freshness in the mouth. This is a Coutet vintage that's both fresh and tangy, in a very modern style.
Surface : 38,5 ha
Soils : clay on calcareous subsoil
Grapes : sémillon (75%), muscadelle (2%), sauvignon blanc (23%)
Average age of the vines : 35 years
Harvest : hand picking
Yield : between 9 and 11hl/ha
Cultural method : integrated farming
Production : 42 000 bottles