2011 - Ch Suduiraut 1er Cru Sauternes
Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château Suduiraut
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
Drinking
2017 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl

2011 CH SUDUIRAUT 1ER CRU SAUTERNES - 12x75cl

Colour
Port Sweet
Producer
Château Suduiraut
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
Drinking
2017 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2012,
    Score: 93-95

    One of the most refined Suduirauts that we have tasted, the 2011 opens up with a lifted nose of pinpointed freshness. On the palate, it is layered with apricot nectar, fresh white peaches and lemongrass laced with honey. Svelte and slinky, it glides its way across the palate and into a long finish. Christian Seely says that it is nearest to 2001 in style and complexity.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2012,
    Score: 93-95

    Picked over three tries through the vineyard from September 12 until October 5, the Suduiraut 2011 has 150 grams per liter residual sugar counterbalanced by a pH of 3.7. It has an intense nose, albeit one that takes time to unfurl in the glass, offering attractive notes of citrus lemon, minerals, apricot and quince suffused with great tension. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, citrus-led fruit mingling with apricot and quince. It has less bravura and ambition than the 2009 or 2010, and you might consider it a Barsac-like Suduiraut due to its racy acidity. It has wonderful focus and satisfying length, and it should drink well both early and with age. Drink 2014-2035.

  • RP

    Robert Parker

    Picked over three tries through the vineyard from September 12 until October 5, the Suduiraut 2011 has 150 grams per liter residual sugar counterbalanced by a pH of 3.7. It has an intense nose, albeit one that takes time to unfurl in the glass, offering attractive notes of citrus lemon, minerals, apricot and quince suffused with great tension. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, citrus-led fruit mingling with apricot and quince. It has less bravura and ambition than the 2009 or 2010, and you might consider it a Barsac-like Suduiraut due to its racy acidity. It has wonderful focus and satisfying length, and it should drink well both early and with age. Drink 2014-2035.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2012,
    Score: 95-96

    A Sauternes that grows on the palate with beautiful dried pineapple, honey and spice character. Full and compacted with a dense palate and a sweet palate. 150 grams of residual sugar. Long and very intense with so much going on. Lively. Subtle and changes all the time in the glass.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2012,
    Score: 18.5

    Opulence meets fresh acidity. Unctuous on the palate and heavier than its classic style with 150g per litre of residual sugar, but the firm acidity balances the sweetness well. A powerful wine that will age for decades. Drink 2025-2047. (5 stars).

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2012,
    Score: 17.5

    Pale gold. Fragrant, light spice, creamy lemon and a touch of pineapple. Subtle first impression. Some green fruits as well as lemon and orange-rind freshness. Vital and long and utterly clean. Rich but beautifully fresh so it seems less than its 150 g/l. Very viscous and spicy on the palate. Intense and concentrated and long. Deep too. All through there is a tension that seems to be mineral rather than fruit. Mouthwatering finish. Drink 2020-2035

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2012,
    Score: 94-97

    Superlively, with orange blossom, white cherry, pineapple, apricot and peach flavors all bouncing off one another. The long, piecrust-framed finish lets it all hang together nicely.

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Producer

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.

Region

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.