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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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  • Sauvignon

  • Isabella

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  • Muscadelle

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Viognier

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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Popular Wineries in Sauternes View all

  • Château de Rayne-Vigneau

    The vineyards of Rayne Vigneau lie on a splendidly sited ridge, and have overlooked the Sauternes...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château La Tour Blanche

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

  • Château Suduiraut

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

  • Château Bastor-Lamontagne

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

  • Château Filhot

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

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • Snowman, welcome to Snooth.  We look forward to hearing about your wine ... ... sugar white wines--e.g., Sauternes, Trockenbeerenauslese, Tokaji Azsu--can age for decades.  Even with my generalization that red wines are more age-worthy than whites, the fact of the matter is that if you look at all the wine that is produced and sold, the averag... Read More

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  • The sweetness or otherwise of the wine is far more to do with the timing of the ... type.Really sweet wines like Sauternes are harvested late in order to allow the development of a fungus called Botrytis which makes it swe Read More

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  • Hi there,Sweet? hmmmmmm, I suggest you check out some of the Sauternes that are at your local wine store.Sauterne to me is the ultimate sweet wine that not only is incredible when it comes to taste, it's buttery flavor lingers on and on.The bottles are usually half bottles because Sauterne is on the pricy side. If you want a value Sauterne then ... Read More

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  • Chateau Gravas Sauternes 2010


    Pretty straw color. Honeysuckle, orange, and melon on nose. Feels naturally, not sickly, sweet. Rich texture. Grapefruit on finish. Read More

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  • It was indeed a great trip although I did get rained on a couple of timesI have ... ... ofPrince de Saint-Aubin Sauternes by Yvon Mau 2011 When I get around to drinking this lot I will write up reviews on here &nbs Read More

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  • I have just returned from my long weekend motorcycle trip to ... and got ... ... and got three bottles of Sauternes and some cheese.I had the cheese for my supper last nig Read More

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  • Chateau de Rolland Sauternes 2007


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  • Château Doisy-Daëne Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 1990


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    Wine review by mberzell

  • Marquis de Chasse Sauternes 2007


    Golden straw hue, aromas of dried yellow stone fruits and caramelized sugars, flavor notes o fbrown sugar, stewed apricots and oily peach stone, over a lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Here is my best way of explaining it, Preetish.Wines taste "Sweet" if ... if ... Wines" such as Sauternes from France or Tokaj Azsu from Hungary.  Most wine producing countries also produce Dessert Wines although they might be harder to find.  In the United States, it is common to put the words "Late Harvest" on such wines.  Grapes that are la... Read More

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

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