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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Sémillon

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon

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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

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  • 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!


  • Chateau Coutet Barsac Chateau Coutet Barsac Semillon 2005

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    AUD$74. This is a brilliant lush young wine that is just hitting its strides. Ive had several gos at this vintage, and it has been interesting to try and recall how it has evolved in bottle. Pale sunflower oil-like yellow colour. Intense aromas of ripe tropical fruit, nectarine, honey and kumquats. Lovely acidity that allows the sweet sugars to ... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • 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

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

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    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Château Climens 1999

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    Wine review by luca chevalier


  • Just posted full notes on Bordeaux 2011, with videos and photos and analysis, ... ... Certan - PomerolCoutet - BarsacCheval Blanc - St EmilionDomaine de Chevalier (White) - GravesYquem - SauternesHaut Brion Blanc - GravesPontet Canet - PauillacDoisy Daene - BarsacPavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux - BordeauxClos Fourtet - St EmilionAnd some sup... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Some of my favorite barrel...


  • Château Doisy-Védrines 2e Cru Classé Barsac 2009

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    We discovered this particular dessert wine through one of our Total Wines and More classes last year. Not being fans of sweet or in our minds dessert wines we were quickly impressed by this one in particular and its subtlety. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with hints of honeysuckle, lychee and pear on the nose. The same on the tongue,... Read More

    Wine review by hmaregon


  • 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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