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label Château Suduiraut (Sauternes) Premier Cru 1984
A wine that gave a lot of pleasure, not least because I picked it up as a bin end a year or so back for £4.00! ($US). 1984 was just about as poor in Sauternes as it was elsewhere in Bordeaux, but then I've had some lovely '84 Clarets, like the Château Lagune. The colour was surprisingly light, lemony-gold. The nose was quite fresh, with little botrytis notes of honeyed fruit, but mostly clean pear and citrus. On the palate, medium-bodied, but perfectly fresh with nicely sweet orchard fruits and a lemon acidity which is integrated and not at all dominant as I'd feared. Decent length, and went well with a thin crusted, French style apple tart. Very good - and an astonishing bargain at that price! (05/00)