Shining golden yellow colour, beautifully aromatic, with characters of acacia honey, and freshly zested orange peel. Deliciously sweet without excess, clean, pure and very silky on the finish. DR
The 2016 De Suduiraut has a complex bouquet with rich and honeyed fruit, superb mineral tension and wonderful detail. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, great tension and a lovely touch of spice towards the very persistent finish. What a great Suduiraut in the making here, so full of character and complexity, and yet you still feel as if it has something up its sleeve. Drink Date 2022 - 2060
94% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc. RS 140 g/l, TA 3.7 g/l. Not that much nose but big and ambitious with broad richness and a savoury finish. Waxy and round. Yet again, this shows real superiority. So long! Lots of botrytis and round and spicy. Really luscious and gorgeous and doesn’t include any of the dried-fruit wine. Spicy. 13.8% Drink 2024-2044
This has so much botrytis/spice character. Dried-mushroom powder as well. Full yet round and gorgeous. Exuberant softness. Very sweet and complex. Complete Sauternes.
Botrytis arrived late in 2016, so the Suduiraut was made from just the last two picks at the estate. Pineapple, passion fruit, mint, chamomile and exotic floral notes are beautifully delineated. Plush, deep and inviting to the core, the 2016 is also quite open and expressive today, all of which suggests it will drink well with minimal cellaring.
Exotic deep amber in colour, this is beautifully textured, one of the richer Sauternes on display but also one of the best balanced. Step for step, the succulent character is matched by acidity. It also has definite complexity, with caramel, crab apple, a twist of lemon meringue, and a brush of white truffle, which could be picked up further on the finish to really set this off.
Very floral and very honeyed, this is a beautiful Suduiraut. A lot of wine was made in 2016 but less than a quarter of the 19000 bottles because the Grand Vin thanks to a rigorous selection. They harvested dried grapes until the end of October when botrytis arrived and stayed all of the way into November. The greatest botrytis affected only the last two ‘tries’ (of four) and this is the fruit which was used for the Grand Vin. I have a feeling that this will be a very long-loved Suduiraut such is the piercing acidity and amazing length.
In a good, rather than great year for Sauternes, Suduiraut is one of the stand out wines. Restrained citrus, nectarine and apricot flavours are complemented by stylish oak, notes of baking spices and tangy balancing acidity. 2019-26
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.
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 receivingits 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.