Château Suduiraut 2010 x 12 Halves, 1er Cru Sauternes
Price: £585.00 IB
Case of 12 x 38cl
Stock: En Primeur
|Drinking||2012 - 2070|
Armit Tasting Note
Very light straw gold colour. Exotic candied fruit and peaches on the nose. Fresh with sweet, caramelized apricot flavours, this is beautifully creamy and cloying on the palate with plenty of length...Read More
Notes & Scores
Armit Tasting Note
Very light straw gold colour. Exotic candied fruit and peaches on the nose. Fresh with sweet, caramelized apricot flavours, this is beautifully creamy and cloying on the palate with plenty of length and a perfectly balanced acidity. A superb Suduiraut and certainly one of the highlights of Sauternes in 2010.
Really big and rich, with lots of raw date, glazed pear, creamed peach and fig aromas and flavors. Very lush and long, but also clean and round despite its heft.
The Chateau Suduiraut has a comparatively rich, botrytized bouquet with dried honey, pineapple and a touch of Seville orange marmalade, with exquisite definition and focus. The palate is well-balanced, with a viscous texture and a good level of botrytis, demonstrating fine minerality and tautness. Dried mango, quince and spice all interlace the focused finish, which is long in the mouth. Tasted against its peers, this has a higher level of intensity and focus. A superb follow-up to the sensational 2009.
The greatest vineyards have of course proved that they will produce great wine whatever the conditions. In a region as renowned and celebrated for its rich history as Bordeaux, twenty years is a mere blink of the eye. However, the changes over the last two decades have been profound. Vineyards have changed hands, new winemaking techniques have come and gone and of course the worldwide interest in the very greatest wines has gone into overdrive.
Fashions have seen the rise and fall of the garagistes and the influence of the consultant winemaker. However, for all of these human elements, the 1855 classification remains unchanged and, whether it has been the torrid heat of 2003, the gloom of 2007 or the glory of 2005, the greatest vineyards have proved that they produce great wine whatever the conditions.
In the next twenty years, we will undoubtedly see further pressure on supply at the top with prices continuing to stretch credulity. But what of the hundreds of smaller producers, who have struggled so badly in recent times? Theirs is not the good fortune of great terroir and in a fast moving world, it is here that reform is needed most strongly. The EU wine lake has been emptied and the bad practices that it encouraged are happily draining away too. For the consumer, the result must be the guarantee of ever greater quality because whatever the level of classification, if Bordeaux wants to maintain its position as the number one wine region in the world, quality must be at the centre of its plans.