Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

suduiraut Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes, Premiers Crus with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Suduiraut History, Overview

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 the 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 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, the property went through a bad patch. For 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 who count several other Bordeaux wine properties in their holdings. These estates include Chateau Pichon Baron in Pauillac and Chateau Petit Village in Pomerol.

Chateau Suduiraut Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut is planted to 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. Although, there is a small amount of Sauvignon Gris planted in the vineyard as well.

Located close to Chateau dYquem, the massive 200 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut has 92 hectares under vine. The terroir is mostly gravel, sand, limestone and clay soils that are on sloping hillsides.

The best parcels are located close to the chateau. The vines average 30 years of age and are planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare.

To produce the wine of Chateau Suduiraut, vinification takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees in 50% new, French oak barrels for 18-24 months, depending on the character of the vintage. On rare occasions, Chateau Suduiraut has also produced a special wine from time to time, Cuvee Madame, which usually has much higher sugar levels.

The best vintages of Chateau Suduiraut are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1997, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1983, 1976, 1959 and 1949.

Older vintages of Suduiraut are well worth seeking out as they have the ability to age for decades and are fabulous wines. Plus they often sell for a song at auctions!

In 1982 and 1989, the property released a special wine made from their best vines, Suduiraut Creme de Tete. The property makes a second wine, Castelnau de Suduiraut, which made its debut in 1992. They also produce dry white Bordeaux wine, S de Suduiraut, that was first produced with the 2004 vintage.

In 2015, they added a second dry white Bordeaux wine, meant to attract, younger consumers, as the wine is being marketed as an entry level wine, Le Blanc Sec. Le Blanc Sec is the properties second effort making entry levels wines.

The estate launched a third wine in 2011, designed to reach younger customers, Lions de Suduiraut, which is produced from almost 100% Semillon and a small, touch of Sauvignon Blanc to create the blend.

When to Drink Chateau Suduiraut, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Suduiraut can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Suduiraut is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it’s between 15-40 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages! That is when the magic happens!

But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world’s wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Suduiraut and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Suduiraut with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Suduiraut is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau Suduiraut can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Suduiraut can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Suduiraut.

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Château Suduiraut Wine Tasting Notes

37 Vintages 177,639 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)94

Pineapple, apricot, cashews, vanilla, honey, almond butter and butterscotch create the sublime perfume. On the palate, which is where this wine needs to be, the wine is sweet, fat, ripe, palate filling and racy, with the right amount of acidity and honeyed fruit keeping everything in balance. This is the only vintage in the history of the estate made from 100% Semillon.

1,997 Views   Tasted
2018Château Suduiraut "S" de Suduiraut  (Bordeaux)89

White peach, pears, apple and flowers take a bit of effort to find. The wine is fresh, just a little sweet and will offer early drinking, easy going pleasure.

1,241 Views   Tasted
2018Château Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut  (Sauternes)87

Made from a blend of 53% Semillon and 47% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine displays ripe tangerine, orange, white peach and citrus in the nose and mouth. On the palate it's round, fresh, just a bit sweet and ready to drink on release.

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2017Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)97

Toasted hazelnuts and egg custard flood the nose along with honey-drenched pineapple and apricots, foreshadowing a luscious, full-bodied, decadently textured finish. This wine really hangs in there with layers of sweetness and smoldering nutmeats.

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2017Château Suduiraut "S" de Suduiraut  (Bordeaux)89

White peach, lemon zest, apple and flowers on the nose combine well with the revitalizing citrus. A dab of honey and smidge of dried pineapple in the finish make this wine unique.

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2017Château Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut  (Sauternes)88

Citrus, honeysuckle and lemons with green apples create the core of this refreshing, crisp, summer wine.

1,549 Views   Tasted
2016Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)94

Quite floral in nature, the wine balances freshness, honeyed peaches, pineapple, apricots and vanilla with luscious, honeyed, tropical fruits.

2,181 Views   Tasted

Sweet and with balancing freshness, the wine is loaded with rich, opulent, honeyed pineapple, orange, apricot, vanilla bean and nut aromas.

3,379 Views   Tasted 94

With a deep yellow color, the wine is perfumed with honeyed pineapple, orange, apricot and nut aromas. The full bodied wine is sweet, rich, lusciously textured and loaded with honey and nuts. The wine was produced from blending 94% Semillon and 6% Sauvignon Blanc.

2,963 Views   Tasted 94
2016Château Suduiraut "S" de Suduiraut  (Bordeaux)88

Pomelo, lemon peel, green apple and flowery in character. The wine is richly textured, with sweetness to the yellow citrus, and white peach in the finish.

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2016Château Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut  (Sauternes)87

This is the second vintage for this dry white wine from Suduiraut. Made from a blend of 51% Semillon and 49% Sauvignon, the wine offers orange, honeydew, white peach and citrus in the nose, and in the mouth. The wine is round and shows sweetness in the fruit that comes from ripeness.

1,653 Views   Tasted
2015Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)97

If you are a fan of sweet wines, grab a bottle or two. This is incredibly rich, sweet and intense. But there is more than ample acidity to keep the wine taut. The vanilla custard, coconut, pineapple and over-ripe apricots all coated with a massive spoonful of honey is an intense, sweet treat.

4,632 Views   Tasted

Coconut, vanilla custard, honey coated pineapple and other, assorted incredibly ripe, tropical fruits create quite the blend. Full bodied, intensely sweet, yet with all its richness, there is the right amount of lift and pep, keeping everything fresh and exciting. .

4,027 Views   Tasted 97

Made from 94% Semillon and 6% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine serves up a nose of honey, apricot, vanilla bean, roasted nut, flowers, papaya and orange. The wine is luscious, sweet, fat and fresh, with a long, intense, mouth filling finish. 95 - 97 Pts

3,992 Views   Tasted 96
2014Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

Knockout wine here, with intensity of flavor, purity of fruit, concentration and freshness. A myriad of apricots, tropical fruits, vanilla and pineapple that has been slathered in honey greet your nose and palate. The finish really leaves a great impression, with all that sweet, fruit and honey, buttressed with blazing acidity. The wine was made from a blend of 95% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc.

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Luscious textures with even more sweetness and sugar than in d'Yquem, the nose is packed with honeyed tropical fruits, citrus, apricot and vanilla, the palate is drenched in honeyed sweetness and all that sweetness is balanced by a refreshing acidity. What's not too like?

2,918 Views   Tasted 95
2013Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

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 citrus rind finish.

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With brioche, nuts, vanilla, candied lemon, pineapple and apricot, the wine is rich, fat, concentrated with sweet, fresh and bright flavors. The sweet, honeyed pineapple finish really makes an impression. 94-96 Pts

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2013Château Suduiraut "S" de Suduiraut  (Bordeaux)89

Honeydew melon, grapefruit and citrus in the character, the wine is fresh and crisp, filled with sweet, fresh citrus and nuts in the end notes. 89 Pts

1,358 Views   Tasted
2013Château Suduiraut Lions de Suduiraut  (Sauternes)87

Honey nut and peach liqueur aromas pair with sweet, spicy pineapple and peach notes to create a forward wine that would make a perfect aperitif. 87 Pts

2,832 Views   Tasted
2013Castelnau de Suduiraut  (Sauternes)87

Tight on the nose with a lot of sweetness but lacking in complexity. 87 Pts

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2011Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)97

This is a rockstar Sauternes! If you love sweet wine, as prices are reasonable, run, do not walk and buy a case of this stellar wine. The layers of sweet, perfectly ripe, tropical fruits slathered with honey grab you. The velvety, soft, elegant, honeyed sweetness coats your mouth and the finish reminds you again and again how good this wine is.

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2010Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

So young, and oh so good. With all its layers of fat, sweet, ripe and over ripe tropical fruit, apricot, nectarine, flowers, vanilla, nuts and spice, it's impossible not want a second glass. Especially after tasting its rich, concentrated layers of honey drenched fruits. There is ample freshness in the fruit that keeps this up on its feet and on your palate. Drink now, enjoy it a decade or lay it down for your kids. This is another outstanding vintage for Suduiraut that is not quite as good as the 2011, but it's close.

3,655 Views   Tasted
2009Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)97

Just starting to show caramel, crème brulee, flowers, pineapple, apricot, honey and butterscotch aromas. On the palate, which is where this beauty really shines, the wine never quits, and that is a good thing because all that honey drenched tropical fruit tastes and feels great. Drink this sweet treat now, or age it for 20 years, it is delicious!

2,935 Views   Tasted

With an intense perfume that is equally matched with power and concentration of fat, sweet, ripe, pure, honey drenched fruit, this beautiful sweet Bordeaux wine has it all. Your palate is coated with layers of sweet yellow and orange fruits, spice, vanilla and honey. With length, purity and freshness, this blend of 93% Semillon and 7% Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious Sauternes that is worth finding and laying down. It should age and evolve for decades!

7,535 Views   Tasted 97
2008Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)93

Medium bodied, lighter styled effort, with a focus on the white peach, and honeyed, tropical fruits over concentration. There is good energy here, with a soft, sweet, luscious, tropical fruit finish. But it lacks the strength and power found in the top vintages.

3,369 Views   Tasted
2007Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

The color is slowly starting to deepen. If you love the smell of apricots and pineapple drenched in honey, you came to the right place. The wine is sweet, fresh, lively and long, leaving with you the sensation of pineapple squeezed over rocks with honey coated, apricots tossed in for good measure.

4,388 Views   Tasted

Tropical fruit, candied orange, honey, vanilla and citrus peel slathered in honey grab your attention. The rich, sweet waves fresh, pineapples, honey, nuts and apricots keep you focused on what's on your palate and what's in your glass, as you know each taste hits the right, sweet spot. There is ample acidity keeping the wine fresh.

4,025 Views   Tasted 94
2006Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)94

Luscious, rich, textures, sweet, ripe over ripe tropical fruits with an orange rind, tangerine and yellow peach accent all coated with vanilla bean honey. Not the most powerful or concentrated vintage, yet the elegance works with the balance of sweetness and acidity.

3,461 Views   Tasted

Really nice wine here, but lacking the concentration and lush character found in the best vintages. Still, there is ample layers of honey coated apricots, orange, pineapple, vanilla bean and floral scents to get you going. The sweet, fresh, luscious, spicy, honeyed finish is a treat. This will only get better with time.

2,430 Views   Tasted 93
2005Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)93

Still quite young, decanted 4 hours in advance, this is still young, fresh and lively. Loads of pineapple, apricot, vanilla and honey in the perfume. The wine is unctuous in texture and long in the finish.

4,223 Views   Tasted
2004Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)90

The first vintage with the new wine maker Pierre Montegut was a the product of a difficult harvest, the yields were only 5 hectoliters per hectare. Of that production, only 50% was used for the Grand Vin. Pineapple, honey, saffron, curry and burnt match notes make up the aromatics. The wine has a lemon meringue personality and a medium body that makes it a good sweet wine to pair with savory dishes.

4,337 Views   Tasted
2003Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)93

Ripe spicy, tropical fruit, apricot, peach, floral and honey notes open to a concentrated, rich, sweet wine that has the density of the 2003 sauternes vintage along with the acidity to keep it fresh.

6,078 Views   Tasted
2001Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

Just a beauty, with a line of racy acidity that cuts through the fresh, ripe, incredibly sweet, pineapple, lemon curd and apricots all covered with vanilla bean and honey. There is weight and richness, but the acidity gives more than enough lift to keep everything balanced between sweet, fresh, ripe and juicy.

5,651 Views   Tasted

Intense, ripe, pure, sweet, fat, juicy, rich and fresh, with the perfect level of acidity to give the right amount of lift to the multiple layers of ripe and over ripe apricots, orange, pineapple, vanilla and nuts coated with honey. This is even better than it was a year ago. I love young Sauternes and this special wine is just getting going. It's going to be much better in the years to come.

6,820 Views   Tasted 97

Thick, rich, sensuous layers of honey coated, tropical fruit grab your attention. Flowers, citrus oil, honey, vanilla custard, orange, apricot and honey coated, spicy, tropical fruit are the hall marks of this wine. This delicious, fresh, sweet Bordeaux wine is already drinking well and should continue to develop and improve for decades.

10,169 Views   Tasted 96
1998Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)90

Medium bodied, with a candied orange, apricot, honey, floral and pineapple character, the wine offers freshness, honeyed citrus and flowery notes, but it lacks the depth and richness found in the top years. The wine is quite tasty now but on the other side of the coin, it's not a vintage I'd want to age for a long time.

1,839 Views   Tasted
1997Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)90

Looking older than its true age, and lacking the weight and depth found in the best vintages here, the wine leans to the orange, tangerine, mango and apricot side. There is a lot of freshness, as well as already present secondary notes of butterscotch, orange rind, nuts and honey.

3,152 Views   Tasted
1990Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)88

Much darker in color than it should be, for a wine of 25 years of age, with its copper, amber hue, you'd think it was at least 20 years older. The fruit is clearly on the downhill slide. While there is some sweetness remaining, and hints of candied orange peel, but you'll find more toffee, creme brulee and butterscotch flavors than sweet, honeyed fruits. The wine requires consumption.

5,816 Views   Tasted
1989Château Suduiraut Cuvée Madame  (Sauternes)95

Now, here's a wine you never see, especially as this was the last vintage produced by the property. Leaning to the orange, apricot, white peach, spice and honey side, the wine is rich, fresh, sweet, long and complex. It looks and tastes older than its true age, so if you have a bottle, you should open and enjoy it.

1,597 Views   Tasted

This was my first experience with this special cuvee. I hope it will not be my last as this wine is a stunning example of Sauternes. Deep in color, the aromatics are intense with their honey drenched apricot, pineapple, caramel, custard and spicy notes. Thick, rich and intense, yet perfectly in balance with ample sweetness and acidity. Drink it now or age, this is a stellar juice!

2,184 Views   Tasted 96
1989Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)89

Honey coated, orange, apricot, peach and vanilla nose. Medium/full bodied, short, honey and citrus finish.

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1982Château Suduiraut Cuvée Madame  (Sauternes)92

Quite orange in nature, with more burnt caramel, butterscotch and creme brulee, than sweet, honeyed tropical fruit, this tasted and felt like its best days were perhaps at least 10 years ago.

1,865 Views   Tasted
1976Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)92

Nice wine here. Orange, copper in hue, the wine was on the sweet, ripe orange, yellow peach, apricot, caramel and butterscotch side of the style range. You find a bit more lift than sweetness, with heft and complexity, the finish is a bit short, but not too short to be fun to drink. This is fully mature and requires drinking before more of the sweetness fades away.

2,867 Views   Tasted

Starting to get tired. Running out of steam and fruit, the wine felt thinner than in previous tastings. The acidity was out in front, instead of the fruit. Drink up if you have any.

2,704 Views   Tasted 88

With its copper, golden hue was fully mature. Scents of caramel with honeyed, ripe apricots and oranges were accompanied by a beautiful sweetness in the mouth. The only minor drawback was the short finish

2,429 Views   Tasted 90
1970Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)88

Orange, apricot, honey, nut and creme brulee scents made the perfume. Medium bodied, this fully mature Sauternes was better in the nose than on the palate which was short and foursquare.

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1959Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

Copper hued, the wine offers its honeyed pineapple, apricot, caramel, creme brulee, molasses and marzipan charms as soon as the wine hits your glass. Sweet and racy, with a beautiful apricot, caramel and butterscotch palate presence, the wine miraculously holds on to its sweetness and vibrant lift. For a wine of this quality, I think it still sells for a song at auction markets.

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Copper, orange and honey in color, the wine is all about the sweet ripe, apricot, tangerine, vanilla custard, flowers, roasted nuts and pineapple, all coated with honey. There is a spicy, fresh quality to the fruit. The wine is sweet, but some of the original sweetness in the honeyed fruit has been replaced the complexities of marmalade, butterscotch and caramel.

2,203 Views   Tasted 96

Another sublime tasting of this gem. Honeyed, spicy apricots, orange marmalade, tangerine and pineapple all made even better with the butterscotch and creme brulee notes. Silky, sweet, fresh and vibrant, this is a great, fully mature Sauternes.

3,670 Views   Tasted 96

Stunning in every way! Fresh, vibrant, honeyed aromatics and silky sweet fruits are made even better by the long, honey coating, spicy, ripe and over ripe tropical fruit and orange honeyed finish that kept going and going. This bottle was in perfect shape and it showed.

3,661 Views   Tasted 97

1959 Suduiraut was a revelation. I was shocked when I learned the age of this wine. I pegged it as a 76! The wine offered orange, honey, grilled nut, caramel, coffee and crème brulee notes that were a pleasure to sniff, swirl and sip. There was ample acidity to give it lift. This Bordeaux wine ended with intertwined orange and vanilla flavors with honey that reminded me of an orangesicle. 94 Pts

3,485 Views   Tasted 94
1957Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)60

At 60 years of age, the wine is not quite at its apogee any longer. Hoping you see the humor here. But other than its golden, amber hue, and the fabulous gesture of sharing a bottle, this is not a wine to seek out for birthday's or anniversaries unless you're a masochist.

1,236 Views   Tasted
1949Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)95

Damn, I love old Sauternes! When they retain their fruit, honey and freshness, there is nothing like it. This wine had it all in spades. Copper and bronze in color, the honey, caramel, molasses, candied orange peel, pineapple and apricot nose already sealed the deal. But the sweet, honeyed, tropical fruit and marmalade finish made it even better. Blind, I would have guessed this was decades younger.

2,883 Views   Tasted
1928Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)97

Just a super wine and a perfect end to a sublime tasting, the wine is loaded with cinnamon, brown sugar, apple pie, white peach, flowers, orange, pineapple upside down cake, orange rind and apricots. Full bodied, bright and showing more acidity than sweetness, the wine is long, complex, concentrated, sweet and savory.

1,980 Views   Tasted