Château Suduiraut has released its opening price for its 2015 wine, adding to the tally of fellow sweet wines already out.
The Sauternes estate has released at €45.6 per bottle ex-négociant, which is 8.6% up on its 2014 release price of €42.The wine has been given good scores, Neal Martin called it “wonderful” and awarded a 95-97-point rating, while Jancis Robinson MW rated it 18, Tim Atkin MW 95 and Jean-Marc Quarin 93.
So its scores are reasonably high and consistent but at that release price its market price of £480 a case makes it far and away the most expensive of its wines dating back to 2005 currently available.The higher rated 2009 for example is under £450 a case and the equally-rated 2014 is a shade under £400 a case.
Martin has been particularly effusive in his praise for the 2015 Sauternes and Suduiraut may not be asking too much for its 2015 (underpriced and undervalued as the wines are). Nonetheless, aside from its own back vintages there are other similarly scored Sauternes already released this campaign that cost less.
2014 Harvest Report – Château Suduiraut
After the spectacular film of the Pichon Baron harvest, I thought the best way to give you some idea of how things went in the other properties would be to talk to the individual directors of each property and ask them to give us their view on how things went in 2014.
Here is Pierre Montégut of Château Suduiraut, Sauternes:
“The excellent arrière saison of this vintage enabled us to harvest à la carte. We were able to wait for the skins to become finer and for the pips to ripen gently.
We began the Merlots on 23 September for the parcels of younger vines. The older vine Merlots were harvested between the 28th and the 30th September. Finally the Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon were harvested on the 6th and 8th October.
The aromatic profile of the Merlots is about freshness for the younger parcels, and ripe fruit for the older vines. We have a lovely concentration of tannins and the post fermentation maceration gave a lot of depth to the wines. The Cabernets are seductive and very well structured. Their maceration finished just recently.
This is a very lovely vintage, with beautiful equilibrium in the wine. Young wood will be integrated at around 50 to 60% to preserve the fruit. Yields were pretty low at 30 hectolitres per hectare, but the quality is there!”
“At Suduiraut the harvest ended on 30th October, with a fourth trie. We began early on the 12th September with a trie designed to clear up the vineyard, which took a long time but was very unproductive, (less than 1 hl/ha). We had a mixture of Botrytis and passerillage, a situation which continued during the second trie at the beginning of October. The proportion of Botrytis increased as we picked.
Rain and humidity then favoured the development of a new generation of Botrytis, but the concentration happened slowly, and we harvested very selectively, parcel by parcel, often picking grape by grape and only one or two days per week. This third trie was drawn out, lasting from 15th October to 24th October.
Magnificent hot and sunny weather after the 22nd finally resulted in some profound concentration, and we finished the final trie between the 27th and 30th October.
In terms of quality, we are very happy with the wines, with a great diversity of style and richness between the different tries, but the principal characteristic of the 2014 will be its freshness with very low PHs, of the kind we have not seen for over ten years. So, a great year in terms of quality, but unfortunately the bad news is the quantity, which is very low: we finished with a total harvest of between 6 and 7 hectoliters per hectare.
It is worth noting that the dry white, the ‘S de Suduiraut’, will also be one of the best we have made since 2004.”