2011 S de Suduiraut (Bordeaux Blanc)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $24.94 (reg. $49.94)
Collectors with a taste for the best dry white Bordeaux have long looked to Pessac-Léognan, where the classified growth whites can fetch even higher prices than the reds. If the whites of Haut-Brion, La Mission, Pape Clément and Smith Haut Lafitte are in your wheelhouse, you'll want to check out this deliciously mature dry white from Sauternes.
Yes, Sauternes. Increasing numbers of top châteaux here are crafting dry white wines and there’s a lot to like for savvy buyers. For the most part, production is low, quality is high and prices are modest. Per Vinous, “it makes sense for the Sauternes estates to produce dry white wines…since they cannot always count on making a world-class sweet wine; as much depends on the presence of noble rot.”
Intrigued? We’ve got just the thing. The 2011 S de Suduiraut is the premium dry white from Château Suduiraut, “one of the very best Sauternes” estates, per Hugh Johnson. Nobody else in the US has this wine, and we’ve got it at 50% off our regular price!
Corporate ownership in Bordeaux is not always seen as a good thing, but here it has been transformative. Per Chris Kissack, “it is clear that [Suduiraut is] now absolutely top class, success which can largely be credited to the involvement of AXA Millésimes, and the leadership of Christian Seely.” A wine lover at heart, Seely has overseen huge qualitative progress at Suduiraut and its sister Bordeaux estates including Pichon Baron and Petit-Village.
The terroir here is some of the finest in all of Sauternes, with Yquem among its closest neighbors. Neal Martin means it when he says that “Château Suduiraut deserves its rightful place next to Château d'Yquem and one could argue, offers better value for money.” That superior value can be seen not just in comparing the estates’ sweet Sauternes, but also their dry Bordeaux. Yquem’s dry white wine, Ygrec, is legendary – as is its pricing. You’re looking at around $150 on average. We’ve got S de Suduiraut for an absolute steal that will deliver considerably more bang your dry white buck.
This is in a wonderful spot now, and will drink well in the near term. Pass on the Pessac this time and see what the Sauternais can do! Cheers!