Château Coutet, Barsac (Bordeaux, France) 2014

($44): Sweet wines, such as this one, need to be judged on their verve and acidity, not just their luxurious richness.  On that count, the 2014 Château Coutet is a winner.  It has plenty of energy to balance its honeyed character so it’s not cloying at all, but rather refreshing.  And long.  I prefer to serve these luscious sweet wines with cheese or by themselves as desert.  Paired with a sweet course often detracts from both the food and the wine.  Half bottles (375 ml) of are especially useful since one will serve four easily.
95 Michael Apstein Feb 14, 2017