- Château Suduiraut
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Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Suduiraut is 100% Sémillon this year, picked at 8.5hl/ha via four tries through the vineyard from September 16 all the way through to November 5. It has a ripe nose of dried honey, orange blossom and mango scents, plus touches of beeswax and almond. The palate is thick and viscous on the entry, then dense and powerful, with light spicy notes toward the finish. A grandiose Sauternes, very persistent, revealing a hint of white pepper on the aftertaste. Tasted from test tube sample and 75cl bottle, the latter far superior and, I would wager, much more representative. Drink 2025 - 2050
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Suduiraut is a powerful, heady wine. Embryonic today, it possesses tremendous depth and intensity from start to finish. Dried pear, chamomile, mint and dried flowers gradually emerge, but the 2020 is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Even so, its potential is evident. A superb Sauternes in the making. Drink 2030 - 2045
James Suckling, April 2021,
A Sauternes with tart tartine, cooked apple and caramel. It’s full-bodied, juicy and sweet, yet there’s lots of caramel and spice, too, such as cloves. Comes across almost dry. But lots of sweetness. Pure semillon. Unique. Tiny production.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
With yields of only 8 hectoliters per hectare, the wine shows off its honey, roasted nut, candied orange rind, pineapple, stone, butter and overripe yellow tropical fruit profile with ease. On the palate the wine is rich, opulent, sweet and fresh with layers of candied yellow fruits, tangerine and nuts all coated with honey. Made from 100% Semillon for only the second time in the history of the estate, this is a serious sweet treat.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Golden hue but still a little cloudy. Pure aromatics with peach and nectarine notes to the fore. Palate rich, fat and unctuous but balanced by the zesty, bitter-edged note of the botrytis. Very little acidity but there’s freshness all the same. Pretty long finish as well. (JL) 14% Drink 2026 – 2045
Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
With very low yields of 8.5hL/ha, Suduiraut picked its grapes in four tries in 2020 and the first two, which were a little earlier in the picture, were deemed too light and lacking in concentration and they were downgraded (presumably into Castelnau). However, because of a dry September and therefore a late onset of botrytis, a third trie starting on 19th October and a fourth starting on the 2nd November yielded sensational noble rot-touched grapes. The resulting flavour is amazingly decadent with layers of honey and marmalade, nougat and quince. It is a firm wine, too, with stunning acidity underpinning the lusty fruit. Closed and noble, this will take a good decade to unfurl but when it does I am sure that this will be a great vintage for Suduiraut with exceptional staying power, too.
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.