Sauternes Wine

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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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  • Isabella

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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

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  • Muscadelle

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Château Bastor-Lamontagne

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Guiraud

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

  • Château Filhot

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

  • Château Cru D'arche Pugneau

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

  • Château de Rayne-Vigneau

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

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • I was going to comment on the French stickie but got a little behind.  ... though.  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?  ... Read More

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  • Emark - nice wines. Monbazillac isn't a region to be sneezed at. It's not as famous as Sauternes, but Sauternes is by no means the best sweet wine from France. Actually, I suppose in a sense it is because of all the money that's been invested over the last forty years, but France has a lot of places that make good sweet wine that never got that ... Read More

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  • Monbazillac = poor man's Sauternes. My big reference book says that aged Monbazillac when young is very much like Sauternes but with some age, takes on more of that nuttiness that Sauternes don't. Read More

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  • I'm giggling about the red wine (Was that the Bordeaux, Al?) with what ... ... wine was a golden colored Sauternes, I might have eagerly signed up for self-inflicted diabetes.;-)Keep the reports coming, A Read More

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  • I really like the Amity Winery PN.  For the money, it's spot on. To my ... ... with some Raymond-Lafon Sauternes right now.  Five years ago, I would have had no idea I could enjoy "sweet" wine.  I'm still very selective, but this stuff is a crazy deal.  Look at a map:  Totally surrounded by d'Yquem, but not classified.  It ain't Yquem, but it'... Read More

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  • Stymie, my guess is that you did your shopping no more recently than the 1970s. ... ... was nothing like French Sauternes.  Sauterne is one of the names that has fallen into complete disuse in California.  You might still be able to find a California wine labeled "Champagne," and I think Gallo still makes "Hearty Burgundy," but, generally, the... Read More

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  • Generally it won't say Sauternes on the label if it is fermented dry. It will be a White Bourdeaux. But yes they make dry wine in Sauternes but the money is in the noble rot.  Read More

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  • Al, I may have misled you. Right Bank and Left Bank are both within the ... ... ... Margaux and, I guess, Sauternes.So, in fact, both Sandra and you enjoy Bordeaux wines. Shift of topic and a question for the board.  Now that the Super Bowl is over, and the NFL has pocketed its money, what will the consequnce of "Deflate gate" be?  I am prett... Read More

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  • Well, the grapes for ice wine are harvested much later than the first frost. ... there are some producers in Sauternes who also freeze their grapes. That's not a natural freeze, it's done by putting them into freezers. People call that ice box wine and it's illegal in Germany and Canada. It is also illegal in Hungary. It shouldn't be legal in ... Read More

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  • I do not think it is called 'ice wine ' because of the recommenmded ... sweet desert wines notably Sauternes but also Jurancon and Vouvray/Montlouis/Chaume chenin blancs to name but a f Read More

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

    Comment by 318739miltone 318739 miltone


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