Suduiraut 2015

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Suduiraut has a backward bouquet that needs more encouragement from the glass than any other Sauternes. But it is worth persevering as it offers lovely waxy, dried honey and quince aromas with time. The palate is rich on the entry with spice and ginger, thickly textured but never cloying, a fair amount of oak used here but it is perfectly assimilated. Stunning. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 97Neal Martin,, July 2019

The 2015 Suduiraut was a little more backward than its fellow Sauternes after bottling, eventually opening to offer dried honey, yellow flowers, hints of quince and a subtle pressed flower scent. The palate is well balanced with a mellifluous opening, a powerful and assertive Suduiraut with layers of botrytized fruit and a captivating, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding—this is one of the best Sauternes in 2015. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2055.

Score: 96Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Suduiraut comes with 123 grams per liter of residual sugar, more modest than some of its Sauternes peers and 4.56 grams per liter of acidity. It has a sense of completeness on the nose already: immense clarity with wild honey and quince aromas that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very pure botrytised fruit, very focused and one of the most intense Sauternes you will find this year. It feels long and sophisticated in the mouth yet never overpowers, never really has to put its foot right down on the accelerator. This is a wonderful Suduiraut, not quite up to the level of the ethereal 2009...although not too far off. Drink: 2020 - 2060.

Score: 95/97Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A phenomenal white with dried fruits such as apricots and mangos. Masses of bortrytis spice. Full body yet agile and bright with incredible lightness and delicacy. So much cherry blossom too. Small white flowers. Medium sweet. Ginger. Great finish.

Score: 97/98James Suckling,, March 2016

The 2015 Suduiraut is gracious and wonderfully expressive. Floral, citrus, mint and lightly honeyed notes convey an impression of sophistication and restraint. Beautifully sketched, with terrific delineation, lift and poise, the wine whispers rather than shouts. The blend is 94% Sémillon with 6% Sauvignon. 2020 - 2045

Score: 96Antonio Galloni,, February 2018

The 2015 Suduiraut is delicate, polished and impeccably balanced from the very first taste. Scents of orange peel, candied lemon, white flowers and mint abound. Silky and nuanced, the Suduiraut captures the essence of the vintage in its restrained personality. A closing flourish of expressive floral notes rounds things out nicely.

Score: 93/96Antonio Galloni,, April 2016

So keeny sculpted and yet with massive sweetness and layers. What is not to like? Deep and sweet and even – with great freshness. This property just does the biz every vintage!
Drink 2023-2048

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW,, November 2017

Round and complete with many layers of interest and an intriguingly dry finish after lots of sweetness and botrytis. Really well done! You could almost enjoy this already but there is lots more to come.
Drink 2024-2050

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2016

This superb Sauternes property is owned by Axa Millesimes and overseen by Christian Seely who has done such a brilliant job at Quinta do Noval and Pichon Baron. Bright gold in colour with a deep, musky aroma of marmalade, mushroom and honey on the nose. The palate is tropical with pineapple and melon, amplified by an oily, viscous texture and honeyed sweetness. This is intense and spicy with new oak. The finish is long and full bodied, finishing sweet and ripe.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, March 2016

A huge success in the vintage is the 2015 Château Suduiraut and this gem goes a long way towards showing how successful the sweet wines were in 2015. Offering a massive array of orange peel, honey, marmalade, flowers, and toasted nuts, this incredible wine hits the palate with a thunderous display of opulence, richness, and length, all while staying fresh, elegant, and seamless. It has a huge mid-palate and is reminiscent of the 2003, only with more freshness and delineation. 2018 - 2048

Score: 99Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

The nose has a fleshy richness depth of flavour the palate is lush and ripe with apricots and yellow peaches all backed by slices of candied orange peel. The voluptuous fleshy richness is underpinned by tangerine slighter fresher at the back but it finishes with depth sweet fleshy fruit. 2022-2035

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW,, April 2016

Among the most impressive wines of the vintage, this AXA-owned property is in a rich vein
of form. It’s a concentrated, sumptuously oaked style that’s made for the longer haul, with
exotic fruit flavours, honeyed texture and a dusting of baking spices. Drink: 2019-30

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2016

With great botrytis, arriving in October, and with a touch less than 140 g/l residual sugar this is a fascinating wine with
a balance and magic which is peculiar, unique and mesmerising. There is a restraint and delicacy coupled with a ‘barley
sugar’ notes here which I adore. The orange blossom scent and crystalline texture are both outstanding. The challenge is
to make Sauternes sexy and with this in your glass you wouldn’t believe that the region is in crisis.

Score: 18.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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