Palate

The first tastings reveal a fresh and fruity Opalie vintage. The palate is very balanced with a perfect marriage between the power and the fullness of a harvest that reached full maturity, as well as the freshness and minerality of these unique Barsac terroirs. The finish is very fine with lingering floral notes.

Growing Conditions

After an early bud burst, and a few nights fighting against the spring frost, the heavy rainfall in April and May allowed a rapid development of the vines. The dry summer limited the size of the berries, and made it possible to obtain homogeneous clusters rich in aromas. The traditional thunderstorms of 15 August brought the rain necessary to perfect the ripening of the grapes, under excellent conditions. Dry weather then set in until the start of the Opalie harvest on 27 August. The harvest of this exceptionally early vintage ended on 9 September. Monitoring the analytical parameters resulted in increasing in the proportion of the Sauvignon Blanc in the final blend, as well as limiting skin maceration and avoiding malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the freshness and minerality that constitute Opalie’s backbone.

Harvest

Opalie de Château Coutet comes from the quintessential parts of the Grand Cru vineyards, comprised of fruits selected from a few rows of 40-year-old vines that are planted in the thickest layers of clay and limestone in the estate’s soil. Along with the local climate, these conditions contribute significantly to the aromatic complexity of the wine. The fruit is harvested manually, using small baskets to collect and protect the matured berries prior to arriving at the cellar.

Bottling

June 2021

Winemaking

Château Coutet follows a traditional approach to winemaking, which is enhanced by the estate’s savoir-faire in selecting the perfect fruits. The distinguished flavor of the wine comes from combining in equal parts the body and depth of Sémillon with the elegance of Sauvignon Blanc. As a result, Opalie de Château Coutet is a memorable, elegant dry white wine with crisp mineral characteristics. True to its classic heritage, this wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels.

Aging

9 month in 100% French oak barrels