Located in the prestigious Sauterne appellation, Chateau Suduiraut is a classified first growth from the 1855 classification of Sauternes (not to be confused with the Left Bank classification of the same year), alongside with Chateau d’Yquem. The estate spreads over 92 hectares of vines, on a rich terroir of sandy and gravelly soils, which perfectly keep the heat from the sun and by this way, accelerate the maturity of grapes. This terroir leaves a tiny productivity of the vine, resulting an exceptional concentration of the grapes and results a great minerality due to the presence of graves and silica. The “noble rot,” created by botrytis cinerea, as well as the care given to the vines, create this famous and exceptional wine.
An historic Sauternes chateau
Built in 1580, the Suduiraut estate has known a troubled history with multiple changes of owners. The estate’s coat of arms dates to the end of the 18th century, and the surrounding gardens were designed by Le Nôtre, the famous landscape artist who also created the gardens of Versailles. In 1855, Chateau Suduiraut gained in notoriety as it become ranked a Premier Cru Classé de Sauternes (first classified growth). Today, the estate belongs to AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the insurance corporation AXA, owner of other prestigious chateaux such as Chateau Pichon Baron (Pauillac), Pibran (Pauillac) and Petit Village (Pomerol).
Careful work in the vines
The creation of the wines of Chateau Suduiraut start in the vineyards. The wines are composed of a blend of 90% Semillon, 9% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Sauvignon Gris. The Semillon grapes particularly encourage the development botrytis cinerea, otherwise known as “noble rot,” which is the basis for the unique characteristics of this appellation. The vines are an average of 30 years old. The naturally low yields in the appellation makes for precise and concentrated wines, quite high in quality.
Château Suduiraut 2009 : An unforgettable vintage.
The wines of Chateau Suiduiraut are reputed to ignite the senses of those who taste them, pairing opulence with minerality. This dedication to quality means that Chateau Suduiraut only offers the best vintages for sale, and does not produce a wine in the years they consider to be less than perfect.
If there is a vintage that could be compared to the most prestigious vintages in Sauternes (1959, 1989, 2001, 2005), it is the 2009. The wines of this year are marked by both richness and purity. On the nose, the 2009 Chateau Suduiraut offers ripe fruit aromas. On the palate, all in opulence and freshness, shows notes of candied citrus, hints of oak, and liquorice root. The finish is delicate, with a splendid acidity that balances the fruit. This sunny and ripe vintage can be cellared for a number of years, and will remain—no matter how long it is aged—an exceptional tasting experience.
The other wines of Chateau Suduiraut
Chateau Suduiraut also crafts other wines, less well-known but offering exceptional value: Castelnau de Suduiraut, Lions de Suduiraut and S de Suduiraut, a dry white Bordeaux wine, ethereal and precise.
Simply put, Chateau Suidurait is an illustrious property in a legendary appellation, offering unforgettable wines!