2005 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1046485 97 points James Suckling

 What a wine for the vintage, with spices and furniture wax undertones, then dried citrus fruit. Great intensity in this, powerful stuff. Perhaps the best 2005.  (5/ 2013)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 Bright gold. Perfectly balanced. Not sweet, and yet explosively sweet with flavors of fresh nectarine, scents of jasmine and honeysuckle. The sweetness pours out of the freshness, so it's impossible to taste them apart. The flavors last, perhaps because it's the kind of wine you'll want to roll around in your mouth over and over. Glorious.  (10/ 2008)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Picked over a period of eight weeks, this wine shows the class and care resulting from such efforts. Citrus and white flower aromas lead to a wine that is not overtly rich, with subtle shades of botrytis and orange marmalade flavors. The acidity is vibrant, fresh, a great balance.  (6/ 2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted on several occasions, most recently at home, the Suduiraut ’05 is slightly deeper in colour than the 2007. It has a rich, almost decadent nose with a conspicuous veneer of vanillary new oak underneath which lies honey, orange peel, creme brulee, passion fruit and a touch of spice. It has very fine definition, although it does not have the clarity of the 2007. The palate is rich and mellifluous, rounded and sumptuous with slightly lower acidity than the 2007, a real fatness here redolent of the 2003 or 1990. There are touches of lemongrass inflecting the finish and giving the finish and edginess that counterbalances that 163gms/L residual sugar. Tasted July 2011.  (11/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Shows dried pineapple, honey, pear, caramel and piecrust aromas. Full-bodied and very sweet, with spice, coconut, tropical fruit and apple tart flavors. Long and dense, yet lively. Best after 2013.  (3/ 2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium yellow-gold. Incredibly sweet aromas of apricot, acacia honey and marzipan. Supersweet, round and fat, but with enough ripe acidity to leaven the wine's huge impression of volume. A powerfully fruit-driven Sauternes with superb depth, but it's almost too rich today. Finishes with palate-staining sweetness and length and surprisingly fresh acidity (I suspect the actual acid number is low). I'd give this 15 years in the cellar. This is carrying a high 165 grams per liter of residual sugar, and the percentage of new oak was raised from a normal 35% to 65% for this vintage, and yet the wine does not come across as woody.  (8/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Cat fur on the nose, very sweet and round and pretty heavy. Lots there! Creamy and voluptuous with quite a tight finish. But waves of different crème caramel flavours on the finish too. Another dimension here! 18/20 points. Drink 2014-2034.  (8/ 2009)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/14/2013  | Send Email
So lovely! Still a little tight, but overall a really, really beautiful Sauternes ready to drink now, but will definitely improve with a little bit more bottle age. Light honey water in color, jasmine and kumquat marmalade on the palate. More of an afternoon sipping Sauterne with fresh stonefruit, than one that I would pair with foie or strong blue cheeses.

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Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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