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2003 Suduiraut, Sauternes (Previously $80)

SKU #1023012 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wonderful and fascinating wine with a tangy sweet and sour character. Full and very sweet, with a dried citrus character and an underlying orange marmalade note. Long and delicious already. Lovely balance for having such a ripe finish. This can age forever, but why deny yourself? Inner quote mark (3/2013)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2003 Suduiraut is the finest example of this vintage in Sauternes that I have yet tasted, though this is admittedly from a fairly small sampling of the vintage. The bouquet is deep, pure and very refined in its mélange of pineapple, apricot, peach, coconut, gentle soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and most impressively light on its feet, with fine mid-palate depth, with lovely focus and just a touch of youthful bitterness still to resolve on the long, succulent and bouncy finish. The acids here are not as zesty as in the 2005, but there are sufficient to frame the wine beautifully and to keep it fresh and lively far into the future. I would give this wine three or four years to fully blossom and then drink it over the next several decades. (Drink between 2013-2040). Inner quote mark (9/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense aromas of pecan pie, dried apricot, apples and syrup. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a dense mouthfeel of very ripe fruit and a long, powerful and spicy aftertaste. Very, very impressive. Not quite the 2001, but who's arguing? Best after 2010. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2006)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright, full yellow. Honey, pineapple and a whiff of menthol on the nose. Then impressively powerful in the mouth but with lovely acidity leavening its concentrated fruit. Very juicy and fine for Suduiraut, and not at all outsized or overly sweet. Comes across as very young, and finishes with noteworthy spine. Quite suave. (ST) Inner quote mark (8/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The nose is powerful and rich with scents of Clementine, beeswax and quince that certainly pack a punch. The palate is spicy on the viscous entry with bitter orange, marmalade and stem ginger, although the glycerine-rich finish is missing some freshness and tension. This remains an unashamedly hedonistic Suduiraut. Tasted April 2013. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Rich and peach-like. Firmly cosseted, but lots of exciting, concentrated ripeness. Masses of acidity, too. Should age very well. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2005)


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