Barsac first growth Château Coutet is to release a dry white wine.
Coutet is launching 3,000 bottles of Opalie de Château Coutet 2010.
It follows in the footsteps of Yquem’s longstanding ‘Y‘ and Château Suduiraut’s S de Suduiraut in the ranks of first classified growth Sauternes estates producing dry whites.
Sauternes wine sales have been under pressure and other recent innovation includes Suduiraut’s Les Lions de Suduiraut, aimed at younger drinkers.
‘Our objective was to create a truly terroir-based wine,’ Aline Baly, Château Coutet’s co-owner, told Decanter.com.
‘Baron Philippe de Rothschild‘s Philippe Dhalluin and his team helped us identify and separate the two single vineyards which are dedicated to the production of Opalie.’
Using 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Sémillon, all grapes are sourced from 40-year-old vines planted in clay and limestone. Fermentation occurs in new French oak barrels, with the wine further aged in a mix of new and older French oak.
Opalie is currently on pre-sale £260 per 12 bottles, ex-duty and VAT, through Bordeaux Index in the UK, and at $42 per bottle at The Wine House in San Francisco. It will also be available in Asia at Mayfair Fine Wines, Picco Wine Cellar and MyCellarsHK.
Written by Marisa D’Vari