You can trace Suduiraut history back to 1540. But AXA currently owns the estate along with Chateau Pichon Baron and Chateau Petit Village. Suduiraut is near d’Yquem and sits on 200ha. The vineyard is 92ha consisting of 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. There is a small amount of Sauvignon Gris too. The wine sits in 50% new French oak barrels for 18-24 months. It makes a powerful wine but the high amount of Semillon ensures elegance and acidity.
“Big and rich and bold and overwhelming almost. A bit of spice and so much sugar! This deserves very high points for its combination of sweetness and purity. Great weight. Really very good indeed. Bravo AXA for allowing these decisions. 18.5/20 points” (3/2010) Jancis Robinson
The undisputed headline act when it comes to sweet wines. Using thin skinned white varieties and having adequet rainfall and humidity in the vineyard means the noble rot botrytis cinerea can take hold and dehydrate the grapes on the vine. Taking away moisture but leaving sugar, acid and flavour behind. The resulting sweet wines are thick, intense and structure. The balance of acid and sugar make these wines able to evolve over many years. The great wines are some of the most expensive in the world.
A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.
Having tasted a few vintages of Bordeaux in my time I have no doubt that this will be one of the best in the modern era. I feel that 2010 is on a par for different reasons and 2005 exceeds them both, but it is a small margin