2011 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Sauternes-Barsac
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé

For me this was the one of the 1er Cru Classé big names (Yquem apart) which seemed to be a complete wine. Very rich and waxy, and a very solid, full style on the palate. Richly honeyed, really quite a monster of sweetness (a record 150g/l), but could still do with a little more definition. Like most estates this year there was no need for the great number of pickings that are normally required - the first tri was in early September, but was not a great success, more a question of cleaning out the vineyard, and high in acetic acid. Then there was a widespread and even development of botrytis and the majority of the harvest was brought in in one picking. The little that was left was picked in early October, and it was this that brought the welcome acidity. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2012)

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Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Premier Cru 1855 The de Suduiraut family lived on their estate in Preignac at least as far back as 1580. In the later years of the 17th Century, a dispute with the local Governor led to the château being flattened. In response, Comte Blaise de Suduiraut rebuilt in lavish manner, with gardens laid out by King Louis XIV's designer. Since the de Suduiraut's time there have been many owners, but today it is in the very capable hands of AXA Millésimes. The 92ha of vineyard are planted with 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. There is a second wine, which takes its name from a neighbouring estate that was absorbed into Suduiraut in 1831, and is called Castelnau de Suduiraut.

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