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.
95% Sémillon – 5% 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) for 16 months.
Residual sugar 110 g/l
Bright yellow straw colour. The nose has mixed notes of orange, candied lemon and grapefruit with a tangy refreshing side. The aromas of white flowers and frangipane complete this range of freshness. The palate reflects the liveliness of the vintage and reproduces the aromatic nose by adding to it pineapple and a touch of vanilla, thanks to its barrel ageing. The liqueur is present by its density but remains discreet. Although round, the finish leaves above all a very fruity taste, fresh and tangy.
Tasted single blind against its peers. The Chateau de Suduiraut 2008 has a beautiful, dare I say effortless bouquet that blossoms from the glass with scents of lemon curd, white peach, citrus lemon and limestone. It is very precise, armed with a laser-like focus. The palate is viscous and compelling on the entry and it fans out beautifully across the palate with pure botrytized, honeyed fruit. The acidity slices through this Sauternes like a razorblade and the finish is natural and vibrant. This is a sublime sweet wine that deserves a home in every cellar. Tasted January 2012. 94 Points, Neal Martin, Dec 2011
Packs power and purity into an unctuous yet sleek frame, with mouthwatering acacia honey, creamed melon, honeysuckle, white peach and green almond notes that drive through the lengthy finish. A serious Sauternes. Drink now through 2024. 92 Points – James Molesworth, March 2011
A layered and pretty Sauternes with dried pineapple, honey and peach character. Full to medium body, bright acidity and a spicy finish. An attractive and more approachable sweet wine. Why wait? 92 Points, June 2016
Perfect match to foie gras, scallops, crème brulées and some cheeses such as Roquefort or comté.