2013 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Blend

Sauternes Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 JL 96 WE 96 WA 95 WS 94 DC 93
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, February 2016

This is phenomenal with superb depth and texture. Full body, very sweet yet the bright acidity balances the wine out. Creamy mouthfeel with phenolic undertones. Great finish. A super future for this. Better in 2021 but...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2016

A superb wine! Luscious textures, fat, rich, honeyed tropical fruits and vanilla, and candied lemon peel on the nose. Sweet and spicy on the palate, with a beautiful, fresh, honyed tropical fruit, vanilla and candied...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, April 2014

(WE94-96 points) Full and rich, this is a powerful wine. It’s packed with botrytis-driven flavors of wild honey and peach, balanced by tight acidity. For long-term aging.
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014

(93 - 95 points) The 2013 Suduiraut has one of the more flamboyant bouquets of the vintage, one that is actually reminiscent of de Fargues. There are copious Satsuma and dried honey scents, hints of beeswax and almond...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2016

This is on the exotic side of the ledger, with mouthfilling ginger, mango, quince and papaya flavors that course through, backed by a singed marshmallow note. Drink now through 2033. — J.M.
DC 93

Decanter, April 2019

Fresh and zesty with an almost minty-herbal edge. Deceptively rich as well (150g/L RS). Sweet attack on the palate, then long and linear on the finish. The acidity is present but wrapped in fruit.


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2013
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2013 Chateau Suduiraut is an exquisite Sauternes Blend that hails from the prestigious Bordeaux region of France. With its elegant white color and a cork closure, this wine exudes sophistication from the moment it is uncorked. The label showcases the classic Chateau Suduiraut branding, a testament to the producer's commitment to excellence.

Upon first glance, the wine reveals a beautiful golden hue, a visual representation of its richness and complexity. Aromas of wild honey and peach immediately captivate the senses, a result of the wine's botrytis-driven flavors. The bouquet is further enhanced by hints of beeswax and almond, adding layers of depth and intrigue.

On the palate, the 2013 Chateau Suduiraut delivers a full-bodied experience that is both powerful and balanced. The flavors of ginger, mango, quince, and papaya dance across the taste buds, creating a symphony of tropical notes. The wine's tight acidity provides the perfect counterbalance to the sweetness, ensuring a harmonious and pleasurable drinking experience.

Renowned wine experts have hailed this vintage as exceptional. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive score of 96 points, describing it as "full and rich" with "tight acidity" that allows for long-term aging. Wine Spectator also praised its exotic flavors and recommended enjoying it over the next two decades.

James Suckling was particularly effusive in his praise, awarding the 2013 Chateau Suduiraut an impressive score of 97 points. He described it as "phenomenal" with "superb depth and texture." He further highlighted the wine's creamy mouthfeel and great finish, predicting a bright future for this outstanding vintage.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate praised the wine's flamboyant bouquet, comparing it to the highly-regarded de Fargues. They also noted its well-balanced palate and weighty finish, making it an excellent representation of the Suduiraut estate.

Decanter applauded the wine's fresh and zesty character, with an almost minty-herbal edge. They noted its deceptively rich nature and highlighted the presence of acidity, which is seamlessly integrated with the fruit flavors.

Jeff Leve, from TheWineCellarInsider.com, described the 2013 Chateau Suduiraut as a superb wine with luscious textures and a beautiful, fresh finish. He praised its honeyed tropical fruits, vanilla, and candied lemon peel notes, showcasing the wine's complexity and depth.

In conclusion, the 2013 Chateau Suduiraut is a truly exceptional white wine that embodies the best of Bordeaux winemaking. With its powerful flavors, balanced acidity, and stunning complexity, it is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future indulgence, this vintage promises an unforgettable experience.