Bordeaux 2011: Suduiraut, Doisy-Vedrines, Sociando-Mallet

After a day of near-silence yesterday, three releases to start today, including Château Suduiraut. Château Suduiraut, Bordeaux 2011

The 2011 vintage is definitely one that has played into the hands of Sauternes and Barsac producers, giving them ideal conditions for the development of the botrytis that gives these wines their distinctive character. Fresh and pure, yet enticingly complex, these are unmissable in this vintage.

Also released today is Sociando-Mallet, a Cru Classé in all but name that offers great quality and value in this vintage. Located to the north of St-Estèphe on an outcrop of gravel, Sociando-Mallet produces attractive claret in the classic vein.

2011 Château Suduiraut, Cru Classé Sauternes
£240 per case of 6 bottles in bond
£249 per case of 12 half bottles in bond
The château lies in its own microclimate between the rivers Ciron andGaronneensuring the ideal conditions of morning mist and afternoon sunshine. The wine has a delicate nose, full of fresh white peach and apricot fruit and blossom honey flavours. There is a great freshness from excellent acidity levels and a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Christian Seely described this as being the most like the 2001 vintage, with the same richness and wonderful, pure botrytis.
Drink: 2015-2030

2011 Château Doisy-Védrines, Cru Classé Barsac
£112.50 per case of 6 bottles in bond
£121.50 per case of 12 half bottles in bond
Complex on the nose, with notes of peach and acacia honey combined with hints of spice. The palate reveals a more unctuous side with excellent freshening acidity of apricots, caramel apple and barley sugar.
Drink: 2015-2028

2011 Château Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Médoc
£225 per case of 12 bottles in bond
At first the nose is a little restrained but it slowly opens to reveal black fruit character. A pleasing length follows a nicely-balanced wine, with good grip from some robust tannins and blackcurrant fruit on the mid-palate.
Drink: 2016-2036

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