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2013 Suduiraut, Sauternes

SKU #1273885 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is phenomenal with superb depth and texture. Full-bodied, very sweet, yet the bright acidity balances the wine out. Creamy mouthfeel with phenolic undertones. Great finish. This wine has a great future. Inner quote mark (2/2016)

94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Suduiraut is magnificent. A bold, direct Sauternes, the 2013 hits the palate with an exotic mélange of apricot jam, lychee, spices, mint and honey. One of the bigger, deeper wines of the vintage, the Suduiraut is firing on all cylinders today. This is a great showing. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2014)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Suduiraut has one of the more flamboyant bouquets of the vintage, one that is actually reminiscent of de Fargues. There are copious Satsuma and dried honey scents, hints of beeswax and almond that keep your snout in the glass. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous entry, just a touch of marmalade and quince coming through, and then blossoming toward the weighty finish that shows just a touch more oak at the moment. This is an excellent Suduiraut. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2014)

93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (92% Semillon and 8% Sauvignon Blanc; 50% new oak): Bright yellow with a golden tinge. Deep, pure and rather refined on the nose, with aromas of exotic fruits, hazelnut and honey complicated by a boatload of smoky botrytis. Opulent on the attack, then large-scaled and solidly structured in the middle palate, delivering very pure, precise flavors of caramel apple, mango, papaya, grapefruit and honey. Big but not heavy, this finishes rich, strong and long, with notes of vanilla and sweet spices framed by laser-like acidity. A knockout Suduiraut. The estate performed three tries from late September to late October, but the wine is made up almost entirely of the second picking. This marvelously balanced wine sports roughly 145 grams per liter of residual sugar and about 5.6 grams of total acidity. (ID) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is on the exotic side of the ledger, with mouthfilling ginger, mango, quince and papaya flavors that course through, backed by a singed marshmallow note on the long, unctuous finish. Approachable, but no hurry. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Fresh and zesty with an almost minty-herbal edge. Deceptively rich as well (150g/L RS). Sweet attack on the palate, then long and linear on the finish. The acidity is present but wrapped in fruit. (JL) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Rich and dense, this wine is full, generous and intense. It is not quite mature, although it is already delicious with spice, layers of botrytis and aromatic honey. Remember that 2013 was a fine Sauternes vintage and the wine will age further. (RV) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Brilliant mid gold. Intense, super-clean, classic, beautifully made Sauternes from a vintage that has a deeply dodgy reputation, producing very light, often tart, reds, but which yielded its best wines in Sauternes and Barsac. Take advantage! Waxy, lanolin notes. Early maturing. (JR) 17/20 points Inner quote mark (11/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points, Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2013 Suduiraut, picked from 3 to 30 October, is destined to be overshadowed by the succeeding two vintages. The aromatics feel very “contained” with beeswax, dried honey and light spicy aromas, although it is missing the intensity of a top vintage. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, very focused and poised, perhaps a more approachable Suduiraut since it does not possess the concentration of a more benevolent growing season. But it retains admirable freshness and there is a lovely spiciness, a dab of ginger on the aftertaste. 13.6% alcohol, 145gm/L residual sugar. Tasted at the Suduiraut vertical at the château." (03/2019)


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