2010 Chateau Suduiraut

Chateau Suduiraut 2009 En Primeur Sauternes

Chateau Suduiraut First Growths Sauternes

RELEASED 16th May 2011 – £562/case bottles or £578/case half bottles

Bill Blatch: One of the sweeter wines of the vintage, but in fact with exactly the same residual as the usually more conservative Yquem, this has tremendous Suduiraut individuality, in its high tones of tensile fruit, all fresh and citrus, nothing heavy, yet ending very smooth and plush with nothing to stop it retaining this balance for many many years.

A strong contender for Wine of the Vintage.

Decanter: 19/20 – Super nose with some exotic pineapple/mango/passion fruit undertones mixed with Vouvray-like blossom-tree and quince jelly, enormous body, but incredible purity and crystal-like transparency, great length, a masterpiece! Drink 2020-2070.
Neal Martin: 94-96/100 – 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.
Jancis Robinson: 18/20 – Drink 2022-2040.  Tasted blind 4 Apr: Rich and subtle on the nose; it already feels heavy in the glass.  Very big and bold.  Spicy.  One of the sweetest and it seems to be interesting too!  Very rich for a 2010.  Residual Sugar 142 g/l, Total Acidity 3.8 g/l, Alcohol 13.8%.  Tasted 7 Apr: Mid pale gold.  Broad and rich and fresh but with very ripe pear-juice notes.  There is real weight here.  Much less citrus peel than most other 2010 Sauternes.  Real race.  Dangerously delicious now.  Long.  Super clean.  Medium to heavy weight.  Great undertow.  Nervy.
Wine Spectator: 93-96/100 – 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.
Asian Palate: 94-96/100 – The 2010 Suduiraut has a lovely nose of honeysuckle, dried apricots, and marmalade, and layer upon layer of wonderful concentrated flavours that are focused and intense but not heavy. This is a fantastic Sauternes with great length and depth, and a long, lingering finish.
Wine Enthusiast: 95-97/100 – Richly textured, with an opulent feel. Concentrated, the fruit buried in the dense flavors. It makes for a big, powerful wine, with long aging future.
James Suckling: 93-94/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 91-93/100 – Compared next to Coutet one sees the difference between Sauternes and Barsac. Here this is very rich, not quite like Rieussec, but not quite as fresh as I would have preferred. Still lots going on. A special Suduiraut to be sure.
Tim Atkin: 94/100
Jeremy Williams: 90-92+/100 – Pale gold; fresh and honeyed; very clean, some floral tones; palate mid-weight; very elegant but also acid to balance. Feels very fine.
Rene Gabriel: 19/20
Wine-Pages.com: 97-98/100 – Exotic, apricot and mango fruit a touch of lychee, lovely Botrytis comes through, adding delicate tea leaf and honey. The palate has beautiful fruit, with a leafy lift and fantastic freshness. There’s a big core of tangerine, and lots of beautiful fruit and acidity. Endless finish with huge concentration but all the acidity you need to underpin it.
Matthew Jukes: 18/20
Jane Anson: 92/100 – Power in this one, lovely lime flavours, some smooth, well textured fruit, and a good struxture. Lacks a touch of freshness for the vintage, but a gourmet choice.  Drink 2018-2032
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.75/20
Chris Kissack: 17.5-18.5/20 – The sample tasted came from the 3rd and 4th pickings. The first two tries went into the second wine, the fifth and final tri was affected by rain and it was sold off. The grand vin is about 40% of production. Alcohol 13.8%, residual sugar 145 g/l. A beautiful, captivating nose here, loaded with botrytis creaminess. The fruit profile is exotic and beautiful, showing a wonderfully complex array of exotic fruits but also a brilliant freshness, with citrus tones lifting the nose. Little notes of tangerine here too. Polished, very fat with a lovely concentration, but also finesse and lift through to the end of the palate. Lovely acidity, and definite botrytis texture here. This is stunning, and very long, with cleansing citrus fruits to the fore.
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