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Tasting Château Suduiraut 2015 with Pierre Montégut (VIDEO)

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2015 was an exceptional year in Sauternes. There was a wonderful development of Botrytis on perfect fruit and the resulting wine has great richness and purity. I particularly like the fresh and delicate balance in the wine of Suduiraut this year.

Here is what Pierre Montégut had to say about the year and the wine.

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Bordeaux – The 2015 Vintage En Primeur

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En primeur tasting frenzy is now calming down. Although officially a one week event, in fact it lasts quite a bit longer. It is a time of the year I always enjoy, a wonderful opportunity to taste the wines of others, but above all to taste our own wines with visitors from the wine world from all corners of the physical globe, and to hear what they have to say. This is always fun, but the 2015s have been particularly enjoyable to taste and to talk about.

Enough has already been written about 2015 for it not to be a particularly original revelation to say that I think it is an exceptional year. Above all I find the wines in general hugely enjoyable, hedonistic and exciting. I found it enormous fun to be tasting them, which is not always the case at this stage of their evolution. I think that it was a year that gave the opportunity for a wide diversity of expression, and within the general framework of excellence there is great stylistic diversity, from the exuberant and seductive ripeness of the right bank, to the purity, depth of fruit, freshness and structure of the great wines of the left bank. The Sauternes also are wonderful: harmonious, elegant, balanced, with complex and pure Botrytis. And there are some extremely good dry whites. So in general a generous, satisfying year, a magnificent illustration of the dazzling multifaceted wealth of pleasure that Bordeaux has to offer in an outstanding vintage.

We are of course producers on the left and right banks and in Sauternes. During en primeurs week I tasted the wines with Pierre Montégut at Suduiraut, with Jean-René Matignon at Pichon Baron and with Diana Berrouet-Garcia at Petit-Village. We recorded on film our conversations and their thoughts about their wines and the vintage. This week I will post over three days these short clips, in the hope that it will give something of the feeling of tasting the wines with the people who made them.


Tomorrow we will start with Pierre Montégut at Suduiraut; on Wednesday we will go to Petit-Village with Diana Berrouet-Garcia; and on Thursday we will finish with Jean-René Matignon at Pichon Baron.


Primeurs Tasting Week for 2014 Bordeaux (VIDEO)

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We are in the middle of the Primeurs Week here in Bordeaux and we are tasting the 2014 vintage. This is one of my favorite times of the year. The vineyard, which is usually a very peaceful place, is invaded by people from the entire world. Here, at Pichon Baron, for example, we will be receiving around 1300 people in 5 days from all over the world. It is a real pleasure to meet all these people and to taste the new vintage with them.

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2014 Harvest Report – Château Suduiraut (Sauternes)

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After the spectacular film of the Pichon Baron harvest, I thought the best way to give you some idea of how things went in the other properties would be to talk to the individual directors of each property and ask them to give us their view on how things went in 2014.

Here is Pierre Montégut of Château Suduiraut, Sauternes:

“The excellent arrière saison of this vintage enabled us to harvest à la carte. We were able to wait for the skins to become finer and for the pips to ripen gently.
We began the Merlots on 23 September for the parcels of younger vines. The older vine Merlots were harvested between the 28th and the 30th September. Finally the Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon were harvested on the 6th and 8th October.
The aromatic profile of the Merlots is about freshness for the younger parcels, and ripe fruit for the older vines. We have a lovely concentration of tannins and the post fermentation maceration gave a lot of depth to the wines. The Cabernets are seductive and very well structured. Their maceration finished just recently.
This is a very lovely vintage, with beautiful equilibrium in the wine. Young wood will be integrated at around 50 to 60% to preserve the fruit. Yields were pretty low at 30 hectolitres per hectare, but the quality is there!”

“At Suduiraut the harvest ended on 30th October, with a fourth trie. We began early on the 12th September with a trie designed to clear up the vineyard, which took a long time but was very unproductive, (less than 1 hl/ha). We had a mixture of Botrytis and passerillage, a situation which continued during the second trie at the beginning of October. The proportion of Botrytis increased as we picked.

Rain and humidity then favoured the development of a new generation of Botrytis, but the concentration happened slowly, and we harvested very selectively, parcel by parcel, often picking grape by grape and only one or two days per week. This third trie was drawn out, lasting from 15th October to 24th October.

Magnificent hot and sunny weather after the 22nd finally resulted in some profound concentration, and we finished the final trie between the 27th and 30th October.

In terms of quality, we are very happy with the wines, with a great diversity of style and richness between the different tries, but the principal characteristic of the 2014 will be its freshness with very low PHs, of the kind we have not seen for over ten years. So, a great year in terms of quality, but unfortunately the bad news is the quantity, which is very low: we finished with a total harvest of between 6 and 7 hectoliters per hectare.

It is worth noting that the dry white, the ‘S de Suduiraut’, will also be one of the best we have made since 2004.”

Read the 2014 Harvest Reports of the other properties :

Harvest Time at Château Pichon Baron

2014 Harvest Report – Château Petit-Village (Pomerol)

2014 Harvest Report – Domaine de l’Arlot (Bourgogne)

2014 Harvest Report – Quinta do Noval (Douro)

2014 Harvest Report – Disznókő (Tokaj)

2014 Harvest Report – Mas Belles Eaux (Languedoc)

2014 Harvest in our properties: Conclusion

En primeurs tasting 2013 Bordeaux

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We are in the middle of the en primeurs tasting season here in Bordeaux, and the atmosphere in the tasting room at Pichon is pretty positive. In spite of the difficulties of the growing season there are some good red wines in 2013, and the Sauternes are lovely. Most of the tasters I have talked to are very glad they came: their role will be invaluable in guiding their readers or their customers through this vintage, and steering them in the direction of the undoubted successes that many chateaux managed to achieve.

If you have trouble watching this video, view the web version here

If you have trouble watching this video, view the web version here