Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2010 – 93 Pts.

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After a long, casual dinner with close friends, we began to ponder dessert.I always prefer to drink mine, so as others requested a “candy bar” and rhubarb tart, I ordered this Sauternes to share with the table. It was a hit.

The last Sauternes I had tried had been a gift for my birthday, and was the same age as I was. It was beautiful, and had set the bar extremely high. The 2010 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes is a delightful golden color, prompting one of the dinner guests to declare it “manna” upon inspection. Like other Sauternes I have enjoyed, this wine manages to find the balance between sweet and cloying, erring on the side of the former and proving smooth yet refined, with notes of honeyed pear, golden apple, and other white fruits. After several bottles of very enjoyable wine that evening shared at our table, this one proved to be the favorite..

As Sauternes go, I have rather limited experience, but for what its worth I enjoyed this one a great deal. Founded in 1580, Chateau Suduiraut has a reputation for producing excellent wines at a reasonably low cost. The 2010 vintage is very reasonably priced by comparison to the field, and drinks beautifully now while promising to age well for the future. 93 points on my scale, and highly recommended.

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