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Bordeaux 2007 - Part V

by Tom Cannavan

Sauternes and Barsac

The Sauternes and Barsac tasting was one of the ones I unfortunately missed, as the word is that it is one of the best-performing appellations of 2007. I did taste one wine, the Château Suduiraut, at Château Pichon-Baron (as they are in the same ownership) and thought it was superb. Richard Bampfield MW did taste the wines, and offers the summary below

Château Suduiraut 2007
92% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc, five passes through the vineyard, first two brought in dried berries, last three had Botrytis. 50% new barriques. Quite nutty and resinous at first, with some juicy nectarine. Honey starts to come through. Just an absolutely beautiful palate, with gorgeous weight and elegance, the Botrytis perfectly clean and opulent, the glace lemon and orange fruit bright and harmonious, and the acidity poised and fine. 94/100

Sauternes and Barsac

by Richard Bampfield MW

Rather a treat. Fantastic depth of fruit in many of these wines, so much that it tends to conceal the botrytis that apparently is there. Many of the wines very sweet, but balanced by good acidity. More interesting wines than 2003 and seem to be the best since 2001. My marks for the wines above would have been between 90 and 96. Interestingly, I did not think that Suduiraut and Rieussec were necessarily better at this stage than many of the others.


De Fargues
Romer du Hayot
de Malle
La Tour Blanche

In fact, nearly all of them were really good!

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