Collection: Château Du Suduiraut

Bordeaux, France

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Château Suduiraut is a renowned estate with a rich history. It was named as such in 1580 when Nicole d’Allard married Léonard de Suduiraut. The château was plundered and burned down completely during the Fronde insurrection during the mid-17th century following the hardships of the Thirty Years War. It was rebuilt and then renamed Cru du Roy in the late 18th century when it was taken over by Jean Joseph Duroy, Baron of Noaillan, a nephew of the Suduiraut family.

While winemaking in Bordeaux can be traced back to Roman times, there is a strong Dutch influence in many of these wines. 17th century Dutch merchants produced sweet white wines in Barsac without using noble rot. It was only in the early 18th century that winegrowers began the current practice of harvesting over-ripe grapes in successive selections.

Today, Christian Seely, the estate’s Managing Director since 2000, and cellar Master Caroline Chevalier, steward the 92-hectare vineyard—a sandy, gravelly soil that captures the sun’s warmth and aids in the rapid ripening of their Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Their Lions de Suduiraut is a blend of these two varietals. The wine is aged for 16 months in 10% new barrels and 90% barrels of one vintage producing a smooth, subtle and fresh wine with a creamy mouth feel.