Second Sunday Group: 2012 Bordeaux (Mike's): From 750ml with bright golden color and notes of tropical fruit, honey and pineapple. Wonderful rich texture with marmalade, apricot, honey and pear liqueur flavors. Lengthy finish.
Thick, unctuous, a bit on the sweet nectary-side. Unusual taste of super-ripe instances of the common Sauternes flavors -- intense, jammy ripe pineapple, concentrated ripe apricot, etc. A rare hint of graham-cracker note adds to the interesting complex of flavors. Still lively and fresh, has many years to go. No hint of the signs of oxidation and age that can take their toll on fruity freshness. The creme brulée, honey and molasses stage is a long way off. Not even close to the magnificent 2001 or 2009 Suduirauts, is nonetheless one of the better offerings from this chateau in recent years.
Still quite young, decanted 4 hours in advance, this is still young, fresh and lively. Loads of pineapple, apricot, vanilla and honey in the perfume. The wine is unctuous in texture and long in the finish.
Lovely creme brûlée aromas with tropical fruits. Lush rich ripe velvety mouthfeel. Quite succulent and dense, round and fat. Very fine, yet missing brightness or acid support, so comes across a bit flabby.
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(Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes) This has a delightfully pure character, with fine and fresh pineapple aroma, and glorious notes of honey and vanilla. It is pure, gentle, fleshy and rich. The aromatics are pleasing, the texture is the same. The acidity is rather low, as I think I noticed when tasting en primeur in April 2006, but there is plenty here that appeals to me. Very good effort.
(Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes) Pale golden hue, with a green tinge. A divine nose, steeped in honey and acacia, honeysuckle and chalky botrytis. Superb style on the palate, firm botrytis character, but with a massive wall of sweetness. Despite an acidity that is difficult to see, it seems fresh and balanced. This just needs time to integrate and open out in a more coherent, less showy manner. Excellent.
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