The 2017 Suduiraut was picked via three tries, with 75% of the crop picked in the second tries from 4 to 15 October. The harvest finished on 19 October, one of the last in Sauternes and after Yquem. “We were touched by the frost but not in the top terroir,” winemaker Pierre Montegut told me. It is matured in around 50% new oak. It has an expressive, harmonious bouquet with dried honey, white flowers and a touch of gripe water (a children’s medicine for those in the United States. I have been informed there is no equivalent on the other side of the Atlantic). The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening, well judged acidity, plenty of botrytized fruit with a long, lightly spiced finish that feels so fresh and vital. This is a superb Suduiraut from Pierre Montegut and his team. Drink 2023-2050.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
The 2017 Suduiraut has a compelling brininess to the nose with a core of lemon curd, lime cordial and green mango with touches of musk perfume and chalk dust. The mouth is very rich and packed with decadent layers, with just enough freshness and great length.
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Yum. Aromas of orange blossom, lemon curd, dried apricot and cooked pears fill the glass. It’s full-bodied and very sweet, yet tangy and lively from the vibrant acidity. Extremely long on the finish. Better in 2025, but already a joy to taste.
|Score: 97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
What a crazy Sauternes. The density and sweetness are amazing, yet at the same time it’s fresh and bright with an inspirational energy and dryness at the end. Phenolic and textured.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
Complex aroma ranging from pineapple to rosemary/mint and everything in between. Fat and full in the mouth, fills every corner but draws in to a fresh persistent finish. Lip-smacking. 14%
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
A bright gold in the glass, this is extreme on the nose with a thick honey, tinned pineapple and dried fig nose. The palate is intensely sweet and thick, with notes of pure honey and sweet vanilla cream. The viscosity and caramelisation here is impressive, but this needs a little more acidity and complexity (the latter of which should come with age) to reach the higher echelons of Sauternes.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Depth on the nose the fruit is sweet and ripe the palate has honeyed candied peel and ripe apricot richness depth of flavour. Tropical fruits towards the back give a lighter feel but it fills out on the finish with ripe fruit and caramelized peel. Drink 2025-2040.
|Score: 90/95||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
There was a little frost here, but none of it affected the best plots. This is a vintage with botrytis affecting grapes that were ripe but not overripe and so there was a lot of acidity in the grapes in addition to the botrytis. This brings a peculiar balance and while, in theory, this should make a long-lived wine but in practice it actually changes the balance of the wine and brings freshness to the whole. Lovely!
|Score: 18.5||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|