Chateau Suduiraut, which dates back to the 1580s, is perhaps one of the most beautiful estates in Bordeaux, with formal gardens that were planned by the same designer as the gardens of Versailles! The wine is also one of the most beautiful in Bordeaux. The estate is planted with 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc and its vineyards border those of Chateau Yquem, that most iconic of Sauternes. Suduiraut makes incomparable wines and the 2005 is just entering its drinking window. Gold in colour, with fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruit, creme brûlée and Grand Marnier. Layer upon layer of flavour. Unctuous in texture and long in finish. Enjoy with foie gras or pate as a starter. Works with spicy Asian dishes. Or just enjoy on its own as an aperitif or as a substitute for (or indeed in addition to) any dessert. This wine is one of the triumphs of the wine world and of Bordeaux.
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Although one of our firm favourites, sweet white Bordeaux wines– often called Sauternes – are under-appreciated when compared to their red sisters. We think this partly reflects the feeling that one could never drink a ‘whole bottle’, even when dining en famille. Hard to believe though that one would think that a single glass of some of these sensational wines could ever be enough on its own!
It’s a shame: making sweet white Bordeaux is a real labour of love for the viticulteurs – even the greatest, Chateau d’Yquem, with its legendary ageing potential, is said to struggle to make ends meet financially. The reason is the need for the grapes to endure noble rot, a fungus that concentrates the grapes. Noble rot can too often just become rot, undermining the crop. It also means that the harvest must be intensive – often by hand and the grape selection extremely rigorous. As an example, 2012, in particular, was a very tricky year for the Sauternes stickies and other producers weren’t exactly helped by Yquem’s decision not to make a 2012 vintage, underlining that year’s poor conditions.
We love it though: we think a good Sauternes can work as well as an aperitif as a pudding wine, though we recognize that this may not be to everyone’s taste (we say: give it a go). The partnership between foie gras and Sauternes is well known (but we actually think a Gewurztraminer, like our Hugel, can work better sometimes). However, we think nothing matches the nobility of a Tour Blanche or a Rieussec at the end of a meal. Try it as an alternative to the pudding itself!
We have managed to obtain some small parcels of fantastic Sauternes from great vintages. The greatest recent vintage for Sauternes was 2001, which some have heralded as the greatest vintage ever, closely followed by the 1997. We have managed to obtain some half bottles of Rieussec 2001 (Parker: 99/100, remember that Rieussec comes from the same stable as Lafite) and Suduiraut 1997 – perhaps customers will feel less compunction opening and enjoying a smaller format! But our Sauternes selection now has many of the great names in sweet wine Bordeaux to try in addition to those two: Climens, Tour Blanche, Guiraud, Fargues and Chateau d’Arche.