2010 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 3L
  • WA 96
  • WS 96
  • JS 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
The Chateau Suduiraut has a comparatively rich botrytized bouquet with dried honey pineapple and a touch of Seville orange marmalade with exquisite definition and focus. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous texture... The Chateau Suduiraut has a comparatively rich botrytized bouquet with dried honey pineapple and a touch of Seville orange marmalade with exquisite definition and focus. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous texture and a good level of botrytis demonstrating fine minerality and tautness. Dried mango quince and spice all interlace the focused finish which is long in the mouth. Tasted against its peers this has a higher level of intensity and focus. A superb follow-up to the sensational 2009. -Neal Martin
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
Really big and rich with lots of raw date glazed pear creamed peach and fig aromas and flavors. Very lush and long but also clean and round despite its heft. -J.M.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
Very classic styled Sauternes in a subdued way. I love the notes of orange flowers with honey and spices. Very long and racy. Very beautiful.
JJB 97
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, April 2011
90% semillon 10% sauvignon blanc. Aged in 50% new oak planted to sand and gravel soils. The nose is very bright with high-toned notes including citrus coconut crème and tropical fruit. On the palate loads of ripe yellow... 90% semillon 10% sauvignon blanc. Aged in 50% new oak planted to sand and gravel soils. The nose is very bright with high-toned notes including citrus coconut crème and tropical fruit. On the palate loads of ripe yellow stone fruit and coconut custard are framed by a touch of lemon meringue and carried through to the long finish by the vibrant acids. A wine of excellent complexity length and depth this will require at least 5-10 years in bottle to show itself fully and promises a long graceful life. Enjoy through 2050.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2010

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Classed as a Premier Cru in 1855, Suduiraut’s grand vin is made from 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc selected from the finest terroirs of the property. This wine is hand crafted at every stage, revealing remarkable finesse and complexity, and a golden color reminiscent of the sun that made it possible.

With age, the bright gold evolves to a dark amber color. With an extensive life-span, Suduiraut powerfully and harmoniously combines fruit and floral aromas with roasted and candied notes. Its superlative elegance comes from a combination of total opposites: voluptuous texture, mineral freshness, and the gentle warmth of spice notes.

Winery

Chateau Suduiraut

This Sauternes estate originally took the name Suduiraut in 1580, upon the marriage of Nicole d’Allard to Leonard de Suduiraut. After being plundered and burned down during the Fronde insurrection, in the 17th century it was rebuilt and renamed Cru du Roy by a nephew of the Suduiraut family, who planted magnificent formal gardens designed by Le Notre, King Louis XIV’s renowned gardener. The estate was designated Premier Cru status in the 1855 Classification.

AXA Millesimes acquired Suduiraut in 1992 with the aim of preserving and perpetuating the estate’s remarkable tradition of vineyard management and winemaking. 92 hectares of vineyard are planted in sandy, gravelly soil superbly suited to Semillon and Sauvignon grapes. Semillon, which represents 90% of the Suduiraut vineyard’s vine population, is the preferred variety for Sauternes. Its very thin skin is particularly sensitive to the Botrytis Cinerea that gives rise to noble rot, which in turn results in a wine which is concentrated both in sweetness and aroma. The blend is then rounded off with the addition of about 10% Sauvignon Blanc.

The vines’ age (a majority of them are over 30 years old) is a guarantee of exceptional quality, giving well-nourished and more concentrated grapes.