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2007 Chateau Suduiraut

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2007 Chateau Suduiraut from Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes, Bordeaux

In the pantheon of Sauternes, there exists a gem that truly sparkles with an individual splendour - the 2007 Chateau Suduiraut from Chateau Suduiraut. The year 2007 is remembered for its particularly early harvest in Bordeaux. A dry winter and warm spring prompted the vines to burgeon prematurely, leading to an earlier-than-usual development of botrytis, the noble rot so essential for this storied appellation.


Distinct Elegance: The Essence of Investment Quality

The result of this season's unique climatic gifts is a wine of opulent complexity. The 2007 Chateau Suduiraut exudes ripe apricot and candied orange zest, balanced by a delightful vein of acidity, which provides a counterpoint to its sumptuous sweetness. It’s a liquid tapestry that artfully intertwines strength with finesse, reflecting the Chateau's mastery in wine crafting.

Beneath its rich amber hue lies an intricate collage of flavours; hints of honeycomb and toasted almond flirt with the subtler nuances of tropical fruits. Each taste brings forth layers that unfold slowly, persisting with unparalleled elegance on the palate—a trait that astute wine investors appreciate when selecting wines for longevity and value appreciation.


A Vintage Catered to Connoisseurs

For those looking to diversify their portfolio, the 2007 Chateau Suduiraut presents an intriguing proposition. While some vintages may bask in more immediate glory, it is often those like 2007—with their unique tale of terroir and time—that gather esteem among enthusiasts and collectors alike.

As I reflect on the myriad vintages I've had the pleasure to critique, the 2007 Chateau Suduiraut strikes me as one embodying a whispered confidence—its investment-worthiness lies just beneath its luxurious bouquet, waiting to be unlocked by those who can appreciate its subtle complexities, making it an intelligent addition to any connoisseur’s collection.

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The 2007 Suduiraut is a Sauternes that is just beginning to "motor" as it approaches its tenth birthday. The bouquet is much more open than when I last tasted this wine in 2011, with upfront honey, lemon rind and apricot blossom aromas that pack a punch. The palate is powerful and intense, layers of honeyed fruit, crisp acidity and the Sauvignon Blanc component now giving way more to Sémillon. This is a Sauternes of width and girth and as such it deserves another decade in bottle. Just superb. Tasted July 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016

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