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Nectar of the Gods

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  • Publish Date: Jun 17, 2009

When most people hear “first growth,” they think magnificent, red Bordeaux wine that will put a hurt on your wallet. Today The Daily Sip™ introduces you to one of our favorites, that will not cost you an arm and a leg: Chateau Coutet of Sauternes-Barsac, a sub-region of Bordeaux known for its elegant, nectar-like, sweet, white wines. In addition to the four original red Premier Crus selected in the 1855 French classification, nine sweet white wines were selected, including Coutet.

A blend of sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle grapes grown in a clay and limestone terrior, Coutet has delivered value year after year. The wine is full bodied and bursting with honey and a touch of lemon on the finish. We would pair this gem with a range of food from the classic foie gras to lobster to a nice blue cheese. We also encourage you to enjoy a splash on its own one hot summer night.

We recently tasted a 1998, which is still drinking beautifully, and the 2005 is vibrant and fresh ($32.95/375ml). Find a bottle at

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