Chateau Coutet Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016
In cool years Coutet can be overly reserved but in hot years like 2016 it comes out of its shell and owns the stage. Coutet 2015 was very good too but I think 2016 takes this château to the next level and is probably my favourite vintage of the last 20 years. It doesn't have the flashy fruit of 2015 but it hits you head on with a dark wall of impenetrable, savoury immensity. The palate is intense, gritty and wild, tannic, trenchant, and forceful, and there's a bit of a scrap still going on between the fruit and the new oak that was definitely the right choice for the maturation of this wine because I'm confident that the fruit is going to outlive the wood by a margin of a couple of decades. This is an adolescent wine that will reward patience but its talents and potential are flagrantly clear to see: this is delicious now but will be a classic, with time. Drink 2020 to 2040+.