It was third time lucky for Aline BALY when her family, proprietor of Chateau Coutet, decided to produce a dry white to complement their famous sweet wine.
The Barsac Premier Cru or First Growth* worked with Philippe DHAULLIN (General Manager & Chief Winemaker of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild) for the project. Made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon and fermented and aged in French oak barrels, the fruit comes from two plots of 40-year old vines within the estate of Chateau Coutet (the vineyard is planted to 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle).
These plots were selected because the soil is of clay and limestone, a composition considered particularly favourable for producing the style that is Opalie de Chateau Coutet.
"Fresh, crisp and fruity, Opalie will entice wine enthusiasts with its aromas of citrus blossoms, vanilla, spices and hints of tropical fruits. Our objective was to create a truly terroir-based wine, capturing Chateau Coutet's distinguishing freshness, the trademark of our sweet wines," informed Aline Baly.