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Barsac is a Bordelais commune devoted to the creation of botrytized dessert wines like those of Sauternes. In fact, though Barsac is just across the Ciron river from that more famous appellation, all wines made in Barsac are permitted to be called Sauternes instead if the producer so chooses. The soil in Barsac has a higher proportion on sand and limestone than does Sauternes, and some say this results in lighter wines.

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  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... ... Wines from Sauternes and Barsac are different from the Hungarians. The Hungarians do in fact make wines similar to Sauternes - it's a cheaper way to do it and it's increasingly done, but those types of wines are clunkier than the aszú wines - thicker, more visco... Read More

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  • Sauternes not Barsac. TBH I've never seen Barsac on sale in Europe, maybe I haven't looked hard enough ;) Read More

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  • Richard, would love to hear more about why you like those wines, as well as ... as ... Which Sauternes (or Barsac Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from Rome

  • I was going to comment on the French stickie but got a little behind.  ... ... Thing about Sauternes/Barsac/etc.  is that Yquem appreciates and commands a huge premium.  Nearly everyone who knows those wines says it's clearly the best of its sort.  Do they say it is ten or a dozen times better than other Premier Cru wines from the area?  Most... Read More

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  • Here is my best way of explaining it, Preetish.Wines taste "Sweet" if ... be dry unless you see "Barsac" or "Sauternes" on it, in which case it will be quite sweet.  French wine labeled "Vouvray" will probably have a little bit of detectable sweetness.  A wine labeled "Sancerre," or "Pouilly Fume," or "Muscadet" will be dry.Wines from the U.S. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!Preetish here..

  • Here's the official lineup'11 Bedrock Casa Santinamaria'10 Bedrock ... ... Port'03 Doisy Daene Barsac'73 Fetzer Ricetti Zinfandel'00 I Veroni Vin Santo Del Chianti Rufina'10 L'Aventure Roussanne'76 Louis Martini California Zinfandel'10 Mazzocco Warm Springs Ranch Reserve Alexander Valley Zinfandel'69 Mirassou Late Harvest Zinfandel'77 Montevi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old Vine Offline, we killed it!

  • Agreed.And who said the best sweet wine is Sauternes? What about Tokaji-aszu? ... the Loire? Unlike Sauternes/Barsac wines, neither chaptalization nor cryoextraction is legal in the other 2 places. In Sauternes, well, they gotta get something on the marke Read More

    Forum post in the topic So much wine, so little time!

  • I’m so glad I found this tasting happening at my work's social ... ... Coutet is the first for a Barsac winery, and follows a trend initiated by its Sauternes cousins of Yquem, Rieussec and Guiraud. With a bad 2012 vintage on the books, successful sales of Sauternes/Barsac dry white wines will be vital for winery cash flow. At affordable price... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting Chateau Coutet's...

  • At Château Lagrange in Saint Julien for the La Fête de la Fleur ... (generally) lighter styled Barsac, which I love in equal measure. But when you want Sauternes, you get it in spades with Suduiraut 2001.More notes and photos from the dinner HER Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chateau de Fieuzal, Lafite...

  • Château Doisy-Védrines Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2005


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    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • I wonder if someone can help me. I have 1984 bottle of Ch. Montjoie Barsac that I believe has been stored properly. The wine is up to the base of the neck and the wine is dark amber. Is this probably from oxidation, or do old Barsacs turn amber? Thanks for any help.

    Comment by 707790OSUDebbie 707790 OSUDebbie

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