Sauternes Wine

 

Sauternes is a region in the Graves part of Bordeaux, south of the Garonne river which is known for its exceptional botrytized dessert wines. The main variety used is Semillon, with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle acting as minority blending partners. Proximity to two rivers, the Garonne and the Ciron, gives the region its misty, humid climate, encouraging the growth of botrytis, the “noble rot.” The wines are barrique-aged, and can improve for many decades in bottle.

Sauternes is extremely risky and expensive to make, because harvest must take place quite late, when there is the danger of rain or frost. In some years, either because of the weather or the failure of botrytis to arrive at all, no Sauternes is made. Even in the best conditions, yields are low. Ch. D’Yquem, the region’s most famous estate, preserves its superlative reputation by limiting yields to as little as 9 hl/ha.
– Description from juliabutareva

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  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Sauvignon

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Muscadelle

    It is unclear how Muscadelle made its way to Australia. The country has been famous for its excellent sweet wines sin...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Isabella

    Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is be...

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  • Château Filhot

    The Château FILHOT was fonded in 1709 by Romain de FILHOT and is now owned and managed by one o...

  • Château La Tour Blanche

    Chateau La Tour Blanche is situated in the heart of The Sauternes Appellation. About 40 km south ...

  • Château Bastor-Lamontagne

    The Bastor-Lamontagne Estate belonged in 1711 to the King of France, the succession in Guyenne to...

  • Château Suduiraut

    The terroir of Sauternes covering 2,200 hectares, lies forty kilometres from Bordeaux between the...

  • Château Cru D'arche Pugneau

    Cru d'Arche Pugneau is an unclassified Sauternes estate, but its vineyards lie in close proximity...

  • Château Guiraud

    " La Maison Noble du Bayle ", first name of Château Guiraud was owned by de Mons de Saint Poly fa...

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • Chateau Mayne des Carmes Sauternes 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine on the website ... for £12.50. Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back centuries,for sweet white wines from 5 communes around the tiny village of that name close to the town of Langon on the west bank of the Garonne about 20 miles south of the City of Bordeaux The sweet... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • G. Chevalier Sauternes 2011

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    From Mike and Joyce on Christmas 2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • This is my 16 best of 2016:Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2002 (Rhone, ... ... d’Yquem, 1986 (Sauternes, France)Matalj, Kremen Kamen, 2011 (Negotin, Serbia)Brki, Mjesear, ilavka, 2013 (Western Herzegovina, Bosnia-Herzegovina)Clai, Ottocento Crni, 2013 (Istria, Croatia)Jonata, Fenix, 2007 (Santa Barbara, California USA)Brewer-Clifton, Ac... Read More

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  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ... ... port, botrytised german, sauternes/barsac and tokaji (perhaps in that order) than sherry for dessert. Sweet sherry, marsala, vin santo, Canadian icewine, Banyuls, etc. all fall into the 'other' category for me at dessert. And I usually have dessert wines as ... Read More

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  • DIEGO - I like sherry in the right situation and desert wines also. ... by ... by themselves.  Tokja,, Sauternes, late harvest are good wines, but my peersonal favorite is Porto - that's a wine I'll drink I'll drink anytim Read More

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  • Guys,  what do you think of sherry, and dessert wines. At least in ... up something--generally, a Sauternes or domestic white--and serve with a cheese cours Read More

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  • JD, I won't bother with Chilean Cab in general, but the Castillero del ... ... bottle of 2008 Raymond Lafon Sauternes.  I've gotta check the inventory, but I think I should be buying more of these, as they keep coming out of the cellar unexpectedly.  You know, you are sitting around at dessert, and your SO says, "Hey, don't we have some Sauter... Read More

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  • BLM, what are you setting next to it as backup?  ;-) A friend asked ... ... of 1996 Chateau Guiraud sauternes, and some yet-to-be-clarified spirits. If I know him he'll probably sneak a couple of Didier Dagenaux Silexes into the mix, but I'll try to ensure they're at the beginning, rather than after dessert as he's been known to do.  ;-(The g... Read More

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  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... to be somewhat more like a Sauternes than an aszú wine, but sometimes those are really nice.I'd pass on the desserts, although if you're into it, a nice Dobos torte can be a good thing. But it's pretty rich and better to have in the afternoon with some coffee. It was a... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... ... sweetness. The wines of Sauternes are botrytis wines and CA is a pretty dry place for the most part and those wines require very specific conditions involving fog and late summers, so CA doesn't seem to do those very well, but they do make a lot of sweet wines by ot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties


  • At what tempture do you serve this after dinner wine?

    Comment by 318739miltone 318739 miltone


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