Château Suduiraut 2011 (375ml)
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Château Suduiraut, Premier Cru Classé in 1855, is one of the great historic vineyards of Sauternes. A rigorous selection in the vineyard and in the cellars ensures the production of Château Suduiraut’s wines, which are the accomplished expression of this exceptional terroir. The estate is certified High Environmental Value (HEV), it is comprised of 91 hectares of vines, on gravelly, sandy clay soil. The stones capture the sun’s heat, thereby helping the grapes to reach maturity more rapidly. It is this unique terroir that gives the wine its outstanding opulence. The rich resources of the Château Suduiraut terroir are due notably to its geographic proximity to the Ciron and Garonne rivers. They both provide ideal conditions for the development of the noble rot Botrytis Cinerea: cool nights and morning autumn mists followed by fine sunny weather during the day. This “noble rot” is essential to the production of Sauternes.
This wine is handcrafted at every stage of its elaboration and reveals a remarkable complexity and a golden colour reminiscent of the sun. Château Suduiraut 2011 presents a very fresh nose evoking citrus such as orange and lemon, and ripe fruit like yellow peach, enhanced with aniseed and a hint of minerality. The palate reflects the year’s character with a creaminess that is always tempered by great freshness. It offers richness, yet without ostentation; candied fruit, such as lemon, are still apparent, followed by very ripe apricot and vanilla. The finish is rich and long with notes of candied citrus, and extremely fresh – a hallmark of the vintage. Château Suduiraut 2011 is a complex wine, and very supple despite its concentration.
Château Suduiraut, classed as a Premier Cru in 1855, is made from grapes selected from the finest terroirs of the property.
2011 was a year of contrasts. The mild, dry winter and spring led to very early growth of the vines. The summer in which cool, damp periods alternated with some very hot weeks mitigated this advance. Luckily a very fine month of September nonetheless enabled the grapes to ripen well. Botrytis was present early on and we were able to start the harvest a month earlier than usual. They began September 12, to finish on October 5 with a total of 3 tries
The 2011 is a blend of 93 % Sémillon and 7 % Sauvignon Blanc. 45 % of the wins is aged in new barrels and 55 % is aged in 1 year old barrels for 20 months. The final alcohol content id 13.5°, total acidity 3.5 and residual sugar: 148 g/l.