I cannot remember the last time we spoke about a wine on the sweeter end of the spectrum. It seems as if everything we drink here in the UK is dry as a bone but that is not the case and today I will show off one that we have stuck with for a long time!
Located close to Chateau dYquem, the massive 200 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut has 92 hectares under vine. The terroir is mostly gravel, sand, limestone and clay soils that are on sloping hillsides.
The best parcels are located close to the chateau. The vines average 30 years of age and are planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Suduiraut, vinification takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees in 50% new, French oak barrels for 18-24 months, depending on the character of the vintage. On rare occasions, Chateau Suduiraut has also produced a special wine from time to time, Cuvee Madame, which usually has much higher sugar levels.
Lions de Suduiraut Sauterenes 2012 @ £12.95 - Buy it here!
This wine is full, rich and opulent. It has light acidity, concentrating more on richness. Apricot jam and wildflower honey are dominant flavors, lightly touched with acidity. This generous wine from the estate will be ready from 2019.
It is almost time for this wine to open itself up but don't expect it to hang around for long! Cheers!