Robert Parker 94
The Suduiraut 2001 has an attractive bouquet of honeycomb, passion fruit and a touch of petrol that are well defined, if not as complex as more recent vintages such as the 2009. The palate is well balanced with fine citrus lemon and apricot notes. This is very harmonious and focused, although it does not quite fan out with the precocity you might expect. This was Christian Seely’s first vintage at the estate, and while it is an excellent wine, I think he has overseen even better vintages since then.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034
The 2001 Suduiraut has a very well-defined bouquet of marmalade, honeysuckle, touches of kerosene and pine, all focused and vigorous. The palate is balanced with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and vibrant, featuring Seville orange marmalade mixed with orange peel, peach and wild honey; it displays a little more delineation than I have noticed compared to previous bottles, and great cohesion and persistence on the finish. Excellent.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2048
Stunning wine. Wonderful balance. Barley sugar sweetness but just the right amount of freshness. A bottle in great shape served by Brian Croser who reported that the late Len Evans in his Bordeaux phase (backed by his well-heeled friend Foxy) tried to buy Ch Suduiraut – and Ch Lascombes!
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2037