A prodigious effort, possibly the finest Suduiraut since 1959, the medium gold-colored 2001 offers notes of creme brulee, caramelized citrus, Grand Marnier, honeysuckle, and other exotic fruits as well as a pleasant touch of oak. With terrific acidity, a voluptuous/unctuous palate, and sweet, powerful flavors buttressed by crisp acidity, it is a phenomenal Sauternes. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040.
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. Drink 2014-2034
Still pale gold. Rich, intense with marked botrytis character. Intriguing marzipan note on the nose. Lots of sumptuous, round, very clean ripe fruit with a strong citrus streak. Quite open - between Rieussec and Climens in evolution. Very, very tempting to swallow even now. Dancing, very feminine with great, opulent, fleshy undertow. Wonderful length. Just a slight hint of astringency and lots and lots of sweetness. Date tasted 11th July 04. No score given.
One of the most remarkable wines made at this estate over the last 30 years, the 2001 reveals notes of white flowers intermixed with honeyed peaches and tropical fruits (pineapples) along with a sweet, unctuous texture. There is tremendous freshness and definition (because of good acidity) in this seamless, full-throttle, massively endowed 2001. It appears to be a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.
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Very richly botrytised. Creamy and very, very full and opulent. Deep and set for the long term. Lovely, seductive stuff. Complex already. Notes of star anise. Big, rich, exciting, and dense. Date tasted 22 April 02.