2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Wine Tasting Note

  1. 2001 Château Suduiraut (Sauternes)

    1. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
    2. 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.

      97 points - Tasted
    3. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
suduiraut Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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: 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.