What a way to start a Monday morning – glorious sunshine, a big breakfast roll, and a glass of golden Sauternes-Barsac : Château Coutet 1997 nonetheless.
Lovely bright yellow/golden in colour, like sunshine in a glass, and although it is only 9.30am in the morning, the aromas draw you in like a lamb to the slaughter. It has a beautifully complex nose of orange zest, honey and pineapple, which leap from the glass. On the palate it is medium bodied alongside a glorious freshness and an apparent lightness, but with wonderful complexity. There is certain tartness to this wine which tantalizes the taster. It offers up loads of orange rind and orange zest character, hints of honey and finishes with a hazelnut, citrus twist.
Who said Mondays mornings were bad, not this Monday!
By Sean Burbridge