AOC Sauternes Château Dudon
After a long gap we're really pleased to re-list another organic Sauternes of this calibre. From an independent family run estate in the Barsac area, not far from the legendary Château Yquem. Produced from yield restricted plots of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a tiny amount of Muscadelle, this oak aged beauty will keep forever. Deeply honeyed and opulent, yet with bright acidity, a real treat on it's own or to partner rich paté, blue cheese or sweet desserts.
91 Points - Tom Cannavan, 'It really is heavenly stuff, sheer as silk and gossamer light, yet flooded with honey and opulently rich exotic fruit, notes of ginger and spice, marmalade and delicate leaf tea combine with a crisp core of acidity to extend the finish and give this beautiful balance. A great Sauternes from a great year, and a treat.' Wine-Pages.com, November 2015 (2011 vintage)
91 Points, The Wine Gang, 'A classic blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle and a witness to the fact that 2011 was a much better vintage for Sauternes and Barsac than it was for Bordeaux's dry reds. Beautifully concentrated, rich flavours – honey and beeswax, peach and apricot, ginger and marmalade – extended by vivid, life-enhancing acidity. Stored well, it will go to 2022 and beyond.' May 2015 (2011 vintage)
This estate and castle is steeped in history and dates back to 1789. The 11 hectares surround the castle of Dudon and its park and the average age of the vines are 29 years old. Planted with 84% Semillon, 15% Sauvignon & 1% Muscadelle, the vineyards are ploughed 8 to 10 times per year. During harvest the pickers go through the vineyards numerous times, hand selecting only the ripest grapes on different days limiting the total production and focusing on quality not quantity. Each vine only produces a maximum of two to three glasses. Sweet nectar indeed!