Archive for the ‘Chateau Suduiraut’ Category

Suduiraut, Suduiraut and more Suduiraut……

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I never tire of tasting Sauternes, especially when it is from Suduiraut, one of my very favourites.  Imagine my joy then when I was invited to taste no less than 33 vintages as part of Neal Martin’s epic investigation into the chateau and its wines.  Neal managed to taste even more vintages going back to 1899 and has written at fascinating length (a stunning 70,000 words) about his experience at his Wine Journal (membership required).

Alternatively why not take a look at the videos below for a ‘Fly on the Wall’ peep of the tasting itself?

Many thanks indeed to Christian Seeley, Pierre Montégut and the staff of Chateau Suduiraut for hosting us.  There is plenty of lively banter, discussion and disagreement within the videos but one thing we all agreed upon was that, taken as a whole, the tasting was amongst the most remarkable any of us had ever participated in – Suduiraut really is a class act performing at it’s very best!

Firstly, a brief introduction….

Now the wines, starting with the most recent vintages….

Now for the early 2000’s and late 1990’s….

A purple patch back to the great 1990 and 1989 vintages….

A Crème de Tête slipped in here….

Some great wines including the 1975….

Does anyone else remember the 1960s?

And now some even older wines, including the legendary 1929….

Enjoy! Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes at Suduiraut,
Filhot and Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The good news is that the 2010 Sauternes vintage looks every bit as exciting, but different, to the exceptional 2009.  The videos below were shot just before New Year in the vineyards of Chateau Suduiraut and in the cellars of Chateau Filhot with owner Gabriel de Vaucelles and Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey with manager Eric Larramona.  I had intended to taste a few wines just to see how they were coming along but it had been cold for so long (an unheard of 16 days of frost during December) that the exercise was pointless.  I will return in a couple of weeks time to see how they are getting along.  What I did capture were some fascinating opinions and comparisons between what are shaping up to be two great Sauternes vintages. Bill Blatch

Jancis Robinson publishes 2009 Sauternes tasting notes

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Jancis Robinson MW has joined the praise for the 2009 Sauternes vintage and published her tasting notes  in her Purple Pages at www.jancisrobinson.com  We are grateful again for a mention of this site – thank you!  Snippets from the notes I found particularly pleasing amongst many were:

Climens – Great blend of richness, raciness and life. This should be very special indeed and I may be under-scoring it.  18.5+ points

Doisy Daene – Very big and bold, like pear juice fermented by a wizard. Lovely stuff.  18 points

Guiraud – I failed to spit this one – always a good sign. Very long and a good combination of structure, acidity and very ripe fruit.  18 points

Raymond Lafon – Great stuff! Unspittable, dried apricots (though so much richer than a Tokaji) and great acidity.  19 points

Suduiraut – Big and rich and bold and overwhelming almost. A bit of spice and so much sugar!  18.5 points

Don’t forget to compare her comments to mine!  To get a copy of my full notes just enter your name and email at the top right hand corner of this screen.  Bill Blatch

Decanter praises 2009 Sauternes

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Well the praise for 2009 Sauternes just gets better and better!  Decanter magazine’s, Michel Bettane has this to say about the vintage as a whole:

The wines are reminiscent of the 1990 vintage with more body and definition, or for older growers, 1949 and 1921. The overall level of my tasting marks is unmatched.

Comments for individual wines are positively glowing and include:

Raymond Lafon – Glorious wine, as great as any first growth.

d’Yquem – For me the most formally perfect Sauternes of the vintage and a glorious affirmation of the property’s new style.

Sigalas-Rabaud – An absolute classical Haut-Bommes wine.

Suduiraut – Is it the best since 1899 or 1928? I say yes.

And that’s just a small sample!  For Michel’s full notes visit www.decanter.com and don’t forget to compare his comments to mine!  To get a copy of my full notes just enter your name and email at the top right hand corner of this screen.  Bill Blatch

Wine Spectator gives 2009 Sauternes an enthusiastic welcome!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

James Suckling has published his tasting notes and scores for the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines at www.winespectator.com   Broadly we agree that this is a fantastic vintage and special congratulations to Chateau d’Yquem (97-100), Coutet, Guiraud, l’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (95-98), de Myrat, Suduiraut (94-97) and Clos Haut-Peyraguey (93-96).

Why not compare them to my notes and to our videos on these wines – just use the name and email sign up boxes and the tag cloud (both in the right hand column of the blog) to locate vidoe reports on the wines you are interested in!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – First Growths (2 of 2)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The brilliance of 2009 Sauternes First Growths continues unabated – Rabaud-Promis, Raymond Lafon, Rieussec, Sigalas-Rabaud, Suduiraut and Clos Haut-Peyraguey! I have never seen anything like this in my 30+ years working in Bordeaux.


If you are interested in buying these wines in the 2009 En Primeur campaign don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page. PS For those who are wondering we do know that de Fargues and Raymond Lafon aren’t First Growths – we just think they should be! PPS We have also tasted d’Yquem and Climens at the Chateaux and these videos will follow next on this site! Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting – First Growth Chateaux (2 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Second of two videos from the 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues covering the last seven out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines (scroll down for the first video which includes Climens). Yes we know Raymond-Lafon isn’t technically a First growth but we sort of think of it as one.


Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Clos Haut-Peyraguey, La Tour-Blanche, Rabaud-Promis, Rieussec, Sigalas-Rabaud and Suduiraut. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Trade Tasting – a glimpse behind the scenes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

A rare glimpse behind the scenes at the first 2009 Bordeaux trade tasting including the fabulous Sauternes and Barsac wines. All the courtiers and négociants gather to get their first impressions of the vintage and what might be good wines for them to buy and sell on to the world wine trade.

2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines featured include Château Coutet, Château Filhot, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château Lamothe-Guignard, Château Rieussec, Château Suduiraut and Château La Tour-Blanche. Bill Blatch


2009 Sauternes Vintage Report