Coutet 2017 has been released at €27.60 per bottle ex-negociant, up 4.5% on 2016 (€26.40). It has come with a recommended retail price of £342 per 12×75. At this price, the wine is pitched at the same level as the 2009 and 2010 vintages, both of which have several years in bottle.
Early reviews of the 2017 have been positive. James Suckling (93-94) called it “a top sweet white for the vintage”, while James Molesworth (92-95) noted its “wonderful length” in Wine Spectator. Roger Voss, writing for Wine Enthusiast, was its greatest advocate. He rated it 95-97, calling it a “wine for serious ageing […] not ready to drink before 2024”.
Other vintages that might interest Coutet followers include the 2015 (94-95, Neal Martin) which is available in the secondary market at £276. This is 19% below today’s release, and 8% below its own release price two years ago. The 2005 and 2006 are also keenly priced in relation to 2017 given that both have been aged for over a decade.