The 1986 Suduiraut ought to be a stellar wine. If only that was the case. It has a simple bouquet compared to the likes of Yquem or Climens: much more malic than one would expect with grass clipping notes suggesting some under-ripeness. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasing vivacious entry, underpinned by a taut line of acidity, notes of pear and ginger, though it seems to tail off towards the finish. Tasted at a private dinner in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2022
Robert Parker 84
Tasted from the Chateau reserves at the estate. The ’86 Suduiraut has a light tensile bouquet with dried apricot, apple-blossom and just a faint hint of chlorophyll. Good definition and lift, though not as intense as some other ’86 Sauternes and without the same level of botrytis as its peers. The palate has a fresh, vibrant entry, very good acidity and tension with dried apricot, pear, a touch of ginger and very taut on the finish. In the context of the vintage, this ought to be much better. Tasted February 2011.