Opalie de Château Coutet 2010 (Bordeaux, France)
14.5%, Cork, $59.95
Further, Opalie isn’t just an afterthought, it is a statement wine, with as much structure as in Coutet’s more traditional sweet Sauternes, yet obviously addressing the current need in Sauternes to produce more contemporary wines (sweet Sauternes is not all that cool at the moment. Plus it costs a boatload to produce).
Like all of the Coutet offerings, this is an unquestionably impressively constructed wine too, produced in a specially built new cellar and limited to just 4,000 bottles. A 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend, this is barrel fermented and spends 9 months in 60% new oak.
Ultimately, what makes Opalie work is the sense of intrigue – there is something ethereal about that nose, and to see it matched up with a dry palate just seems wonderfully odd. I’m not sure if I love it, but interest is very high indeed. 17.8/20, 92/100+