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"One of the greatest wines ever produced from the estate"
Tasting notes: A deep golden yellow colour, showing its great maturity, Château Suduiraut 2015 presents a subtle and very complex nose. First of all smoky and mineral aromas emerge combined with very ripe stone fruit. The nose reveal notes of honey, verbena and mild spices. The attack is smooth and echoes the aromas on the nose, in particular yellow peaches and spices. The palate is powerful while showing restraint and elegance. The very velvety and fresh finish lingers on notes of juicy orange and spices. This is an extremely generous and powerful vintage with great finesse.
Wine Advocate 97/100
“The 2015 Suduiraut was a little more backward than its fellow Sauternes after bottling, eventually opening to offer dried honey, yellow flowers, hints of quince and a subtle pressed flower scent. The palate is well balanced with a mellifluous opening, a powerful and assertive Suduiraut with layers of botrytized fruit and a captivating, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding—this is one of the best Sauternes in 2015. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2055.” Neal Martin
Located close to Chateau dYquem, the massive 200 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut has 90 hectares under vine and in production. The terroir is mostly gravel, sand, limestone, and clay soils that are on sloping hillside. The large 90-hectare vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut is planted to 88% Sémillon and 12% Sauvignon Blanc. Although, there is a small amount of Sauvignon Gris planted in the vineyard as well.
Chateau Suduiraut has a long history in Sauternes that dates all the way back to 1580 when Leonard de Suduiraut married Nicole d’Allard. The land that became Suduiraut was a dowry. Once the magnificent chateau was constructed, the property needed a garden and grounds of equal splendor.
The estate and vineyards were completely renovated at the end of the 17th century by Count Blaise de Suduiraut. The Count, who was the grandson of the founder, hired the designer of the gardens at Versailles to create something truly special at Suduiraut. With its stunning park-like grounds, lakes, and greenery, there are few Bordeaux estates that are as beautiful as Chateau Suduiraut.
The next big step for Suduiraut came in 1831 when the property was passed to Nicolas Guillot who increased the size of the already vast estate.
Like many Bordeaux estates, Suduiraut passed through numerous hands for the next two centuries. During the 1940s, 1950’s and 1960’s, the property went through a bad patch. At a time, the wines were aged in vat, instead of oak, which did not help with the quality of the wine.
That practice was fortunately discontinued. The wines had lost interest for many lovers of Sauternes. This changed in 1992 when Suduiraut was sold to AXA, the large French insurance group that counts several other Bordeaux wine properties in their holdings, Château Pichon Baron and Château Pibran in Paullauc.
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