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2021 Chateau Suduiraut Pre-Arrival Offer
One of the larger properties in Sauternes, Chateau Suduiraut totals 200 hectares with 92 hectares under vine. The grounds surrounding the Chateau are extremely impressive, created by the same designer as those of Versailles. Vineyard plantings are 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, with the wine maturation completed in 50% new French oak for 18-24 months. Often on the richer end, the wines are known to age extremely well.
In 2021 Chateau Suduiraut were hard hit by early season frost which drastically reduced yields. Where in an average year Suduiraut would produce 7,000-10,000+ cases of wine, yields of 0.9hL/ha restricted this to a mere 500 cases. Extremely limited.
The 2021 Suduiraut is breathtaking. It is also a miracle wine. Conditions nearly wiped out the entire crop. Yields were just one hectoliter per hectare. No, that is not a typo. One hectoliter per hectare harvested on one of the three picks that year. Orange confit, dried flowers, jasmine, passionfruit, ginger and light tropical accents lend tremendous character. Racy and creamy to the core, Suduiraut retains a gorgeous sense of floral lift and freshness. It's a fabulous Sauternes. Drink 2031-2046.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
There is a piddling 500 cases of the 2021 Suduiraut this year due to acute frost damage. Winemaker Pierre Montégut told me that there was good botrytis, yet to add to their woes, there was also an attack of drosophila (vinegar flies). Those 500 cases equate to 0.9hL/ha, and incredibly, there is a second wine, picked over three tries through the vineyard! It contains 138g/L residual sugar and sports a very pure bouquet of wild honey, white peach and light quince notes. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, lightly spiced and fresh, showing ample botrytis toward the finish, which maybe just misses a little complexity. Fine if inevitably elusive Sauternes. Drink 2025-2055.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Terrific potential and pure botrytis character to the aromas and flavors of dried mushrooms, clove-like spices and dried fruit, such as apricot and pineapple. It’s full-bodied, very long and intense with a great finish. Lively and compact with a dense but agile center-palate.
While I wasn't able to taste many Sauternes in 2021, everything I was able to taste was impressive. The 2021 Château Suduiraut is great example, offering a thrilling perfume of orange blossom, honeyed citrus, sweet mint, and even a kiss of chalky minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, pure, seamless, straight-up gorgeous profile on the palate. It brings plenty of sweetness, yet the freshness, purity, and balance are as good as it gets.
When I discovered that the yields were only 1 hectoliter per hectare, it dawned on me that I was drinking a percentage of the production! While there was almost no wine, what there was hit all the right notes. Unctuous, rich, sweet and most importantly, vibrant with its racy acidity, the ripe and overripe, spicy apricots, vanilla, honey and roasted nut aromas with their candied orange rind nuances were just what the doctor ordered on the nose and palate. Drink from 2023-2050.
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider
Such an expressive nose as you’d expect from such tiny quantities of 1hl/ha in 2021. Candied lemon, wild honey, honey blossom and sweet orange on the nose - just smells so incredible. Sensual yet delicate, this has a real freshness and gentleness so you get a Sauternes weight and density on the mid palate but such refined edges and sense of lift. Aromas are more pronounced that expected - purity and freshness but an overwhelming sense of high definition, there is no hiding here so as well as the sucrosity you get the minerality and cinnamon edges that give the wine a real character. I love it! Sophisticated and thoughtful! 500 case production. 138g/l sugar. Drinking Window 2025 - 2050.
Georgina Hindle - Decanter
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There is no minimum order unless stated.
All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
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The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2024.
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