CHATEAU SUDUIRAUT, 1er CRU CLASSÉ SAUTERNES
auternes is the name of a commune, a village, a wine and also a district which is the most renowned district for the making of sweet wine in the world. The 1,600 hectares of Sauternes’ vineyards are located 40 kilometres south-east of the city of Bordeaux and includes 5 communes. What makes its wines so exceptional is the special microclimate of the area along with the proximity of the river Garonne. The dominant grape varieties are Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle which are grown on gravel over limestone, clayey and sandy soils.
Suduiraut is one of the elder statesmen of Sauternes that belonged to the affluent, eponymously-named family in the 17th and 18th. They built a new Chateau as it was destroyed in the 16th century by the Duc d’Epernon. They also replanted the vineyards, financed the gardens surrounding the château and the landscape designed by "La Nôtre" who also designed the gardens of Versailles. They owned the estate until the Revolution, when it was seized by the state and made a bien national.
After a succession a various owners since in the 19th and 20th Century, Chateau Suduiraut was acquired by the insurance company AXA in 1992 and is now managed by Christian Seely. The Estate is located in the commune of Preignac at the heart of five villages of the Sauternes: Preignac, Bommes, Barsac and Fargues, and its vineyard covers 200 hectares of which 92 hectares of vine are planted.
SOIL: sandy and clayey soil
90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Deep, golden yellow colour (1995)
Golden-yellow colour (1996)
A flattering nose of excellent complexity in a combination of candied tropical fruits, raisins, cooked apples and roasted grapes (1995)
Notes of tobacco following by aromas of dried fruit and peach (1996)
Powerful and smooth with touches of dried fruit, beeswax and fudge. Its considerable lusciousness remains elegant thanks to its fine acidity and a finish with a hint of orange peel (1995)
Crisp initial taste and straightforwardness of the mid palate are backed by a fine acidity which reveals its great cellaring potential. Flavours of candied fruit mingle with mineral touches. The finish enhanced by a hint of mint, lingers with touches of wax and fudge (1996)
Other Chateaux owned: Baron Pichon Longueville and Petit Village
Other vintages available on request