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2012 Château Coutet

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

Broad and honeyed, with lots of warm piecrust, orange zest, glazed apple, peach and almond cream notes. The finish lingers with orange and date accents, while a hint of citrus oil imparts good spine.

91Wine Enthusiast

This is a rich wine with a dense texture and concentrated, opulent and ripe tropical and dried-fruit flavors.

17Jancis Robinson

Very tense on the nose and then rather developed on the palate. Masses of pleasure but not that full. Definitely new wave with some green notes. Clean, green, save the planet! Very racy.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Barsac

Sauternes makes the world’s most famous dessert wines. Though the appellation lies within the Graves region of Bordeaux’s left bank, the appellation makes only sweet wines from white grapes, primarily Semillon sometimes blended with small amounts of Muscadelle. The five communes within Sauternes are Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes. Barsac also has its own appellation and, typically, Barsac wines are slightly drier and lighter than other Sauternes. Sauternes are made when weather conditions result in a mold called Botrytis cinerea developing on the grapes, which causes them to become especially sweet. Sauternes are not produced every vintage, so successful vintages become especially collectible. Sauternes estates were classified in 1855, and Château d’Yquem, the appellation’s most prestigious estate, was ranked in a class by itself as a Premier Grand Cru. Château d’Yquem wines are among the most prized wines in the world.