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2003 Ch Suduiraut 1er Cru Sauternes

2003 Ch Suduiraut 1er Cru Sauternes

Producer: Château Suduiraut

Region: Bordeaux > Sauternes

Vintage: 2003

Type: Port Sweet

Grape varieties: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc

Drinking dates: 2008 - 2020

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Case size: 12x75cl Equiv. price per bottle incl. VAT £31.40

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Tasting Notes

Richard Weetch, April 2004
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One of the most subtle Sauternes this year, clean and fresh, yet undeniably sweet and full bodied, this will last forever.
Robert Parker, April 2004, Score: 89-93
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It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region'sharvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did.
James Suckling, April 2004, Score: 95-100
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This is subtle yet powerful. It's full-bodied, with loads of honey and licorice character. Racy and refined. Sweet yet delicate. It 's a very complex wine. Tight. -- J.S.
Decanter, April 2004
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Nose: very unctuous, opulent layers of perfumed, peachy fruit. Taste: wonderfully complex length and freshness, with beautifully balanced, concentrated, silky fruit. A great Suduiraut. (2009 onwards)

Sauternes

It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receiving its own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.

Château Suduiraut

The vineyard of Suduiraut covers 200 hectares, of which 92 hectares of vines are planted in sandy, clayey soil. Due to the proximity of the Ciron and Garonne rivers, a perfect microclimate exists for the developmet of "noble rot" so necessary in the production of this great Sauternes. The wines of Château Suduiraut are elegant, sweet and full-bodied with remarkable life expectancy. they are a beautiful golden colour with amber tints when aged. they have harmony, power, complexity and finesse: it is often said that a great Suduiraut is the essence of Sauternes.

Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc

Semillon is highly susceptible to noble rot and is thus a key ingredient in many of the great sweet wines of the world. Sauvignon Blanc's zesty acidity and fresh herbaceous flavours are the perfect blending material.

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