With the levels into or at the base of the neck, good label and capsule and a light gold colour, this classy Sauternes is in excellent condition.
Renowned for its longevity, Château Coutet was declared by Thomas Jefferson as the best Sauternes from Barsac and it can trace its roots back to the 17th century when it was acquired in 1643 by Charles le Guerin, Lord of Coutet. It was later acquired by Gabriel Barthelemy Romain de Filhot, the president of the Bordeaux parliament who was beheaded as a result of the French Revolution and Château Coutet was seized by the state. The estate later fell into the hands of Marquis Romain Bertrand de Lur Saluces, the then largest producer of sweet wines in the world with Château d'Yquem, Château Filhot and Château de Malle also in his ownership. Today, it is owned by the Baly family and is distributed exclusively by Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
As a vintage, 1979 was better for Sauternes than for red Bordeaux and Coutet was a slow developer which was described in 1994 as highly polished, fragrant, mouth-watering and with good length and acidity.
The higher amount of sugar in Sauternes and other Dessert Wines can make them a safer bet than other older vintage wines and this bottle has all the promise of being a really good wine.