Gorgeous aromas of honey, passion fruit, mango and candied lemon rind. Full-bodied and ultraconcentrated, yet balanced and refined. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This has just about everything in the right place. Stunning. Best after 2009. *No. 9 of Top 100 Wines of 2004, Collectibles* (JS)
Medium yellow-gold. Flamboyantly ripe, complex nose combines pineapple, apricot, toffee, clove and vanilla. Hugely sweet and rich, with deep, powerful flavors of honey, marzipan and toffee. A major mouthful of wine, with great lingering sweetness. Today, this makes the Rieussec seem almost polite by comparison. (ST)
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. (NM)
The 2001 Suduiraut has long been one of the standout wines of the era. It shades the future vintages up to 2006 with copious dried honey, quince, marmalade and yellow flower aromas that gain intensity with each swirl of the glass. The palate is very fresh on the entry with layers of botrytised fruit tinged with orange zest, tangerine, guava and Seville orange marmalade. There is a sense of cohesion and ambition to this 2001 that you could argue was not fully realized on a consistent basis until the end of the decade. Wonderful. 150gm/L residual sugar. Tasted at the Suduiraut vertical at the château. (NM)
This is just starting to open up, with a dried lemon, meringue, pineapple, and honey. Full and very sweet with a spicy character. Long and tangy, yummy. No need to wait -- enjoy.
The brilliance of the 2001 vintage in Sauternes is apparent from the color and the classical scent of sweet William in this youthful wine. It matches the smokiness of botrytis to the nerve of acidity, in combination, they feel like an electric current running through the round, supple, honeyed nectarine flavors. Castelnau comes mainly from one sector of the estate, a different selection from Suduiraut. The finesse of the wine is already apparent, but it will need years to mellow and fulfill its potential.
Beautiful amber colour and great gravitas as well as sweetness. Already very enjoyable but obviously with a long way to go. Complex already. Barley sugar at its best. 18+/20 points. (JR)
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