Sauternes
Château Suduiraut 1er Cru Classé

Château Suduiraut, in Sauternes, goes back centuries. After the total destruction of the property by the Duke d’Epernon in the 1600s, Count Blaise de Suduiraut replanted the vineyard and restored the estate to its former glory. The Château is a superb example of 18th century architecture. Aristocratic, classical and bright in style, it is surrounded by charming gardens designed by Le Nôtre.

Grape

92 % Semillon

8 % Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Soil: Gravely soil, with clay and sand –Area: 90 hectares- average age of vines: 25 years

The grapes arrive in baskets which are emptied into a modern horizontal pneumatic press. The pressing lasts much longer than that needed for dry white wine, taking four hours or more per charge and it is the richest juices which come out last.

Fermentation in barrels thermo-regulated during 2 or 3 weeks.

Ageing in oak barrels (30 % new oak) during 18 to 24 months

Res sugar 110 g/l

Tasting Note

Château Suduiraut in its golden yellow robe offers a rich, intense nose marked by the shriveled grapes with touches of apricot, followed by the aromas of yellow peach, mango and just a hint of vanilla. On the palate, it is opulent, fruity, with a fine sweetness always offset by the hint of acidity characteristic of the vintage. The ripe yellow fruit comes through against a toasty background. The long finish carries notes of liquorice and candied orange.

Wine Advocate Tasting Note

The 2007 Suduiraut is a Sauternes that is just beginning to “motor” as it approaches its tenth birthday. The bouquet is much more open than when I last tasted this wine in 2011, with upfront honey, lemon rind and apricot blossom aromas that pack a punch. The palate is powerful and intense, layers of honeyed fruit, crisp acidity and the Sauvignon Blanc component now giving way more to Sémillon. This is a Sauternes of width and girth and as such it deserves another decade in bottle. Just superb. Tasted July 2016. 94 Points – Neal Martin, October 2016

Wine Spectator Tasting Note

Dried lemon and floral aromas lead to loads of botrytis spice and bitter lemon peel in this young, full-bodied sweetie, with hints of lively lime and honey. Medium sweet. Very intense. Best after 2014. 95 Points – James Molesworth, March 2010

Wine Enthusiast Tasting Note

Powered by dry botrytis, this is a wine with immense potential. It has weight, complexity and richness, all under the cloak of botrytis. To leaven the power, there is acidity, but this is certainly for aging. 97 Points, Roger Voss, June 2010

Food pairing

Perfect match to foie gras, scallops, crème brulées and some cheeses such as Roquefort or comté.