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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  • Muscadelle

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  • Sémillon

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  • Chateau d'Yquem

    Nestled in the southeasy of Bordeaux, Château d’Yquem is the world’s most sought after dessert wi...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Cru D'arche Pugneau

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

  • Château Bastor-Lamontagne

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

  • Château de Rayne-Vigneau

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

  • Château Suduiraut

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

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  • I could not find one of the listed sweet Bordeaux wines, but I did find a nice ... excellent accompaniment with Sauternes is blue-veined cheese.  If you have one in your fridge, that would be great.  I just realized that last night I finished off the last of some bleu cheese while noshing before dinner.  Sigh.Napa Valley is about 350 miles fro... Read More

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  • Sorry, I didn't even bother to look at their virtual tasting particulars. ... ... while I tended to drink sauternes more at home. d'Yquem was for special occasions with company at home or out, and Suduiraut was my preferred regular with Filhot the backup quaffer. On average probably went through at least three dessert wines every fortnight, o... Read More

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  • Al, I think you are aware of my wine preferences, but I have to say, I do have a softness for Sauternes, and TBAs and a few other dessert wines. They are special,  Come to SoCal, some day, and we'll pull one or two out of the cellar. DM, I am completely unfamiliar with any of the wines that are going to be in the VT,  As I said, if I do remember... Read More

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  • ... 2014 Chateau Filhot Sauternes 2009 Chateau Lapinesse Bordeaux Sauternes 2014Chateau Lauvignac Cuvée Sahuc Sauternes 2014 Château Dauphine Rondillon Loupiac 2009Haut Charmes Sauteres 2015   Read More

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  • No, Al, the Seghesio winery was not damaged.  However, on their web page ... If it was a Sauternes I would be intrigued,.  However, that color looks like 100% oxidation to me.  My guess is that it is going to be poured right down the drain Read More

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  • Is the menu at 14:39 what you were referencing? If so, it looks this version of ... Graves, Hospices de Beaune, Sauternes and St. Emilion--but also includes  Hockheimer, Port and Sherry  .  The only producers that it mentions are Veuve Clicquot and d'Yquem.  It actually looks like a pretty decadent meal.  ; Read More

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  • Jamshed should be drinking nicely 45 is ok price Healsville is part of Yarra ... country, compares well with Sauternes other than the top end [an obviously d'Yquem] price ok if it is the Noble 1Don't know the Sili Read More

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  • Welcome to our corner of the web. Have you tried any of the French desert wines ie sauternes? Read More

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  • Day 4, dry out day. So today was "supposed" to be a day to do ... ... nice Carmes de Rieussec sauternes and a Navarro late harvest Gewutz.  Needless to say noone was left wanting for something excellent to consume.  Great time was had by and it was alot of fun catching up, it's been two years since the last time we were able to raise a glass ... Read More

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  • YES..... STEPHEN MUST HAVE SAUTERNES...yeah!!!! Read More

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

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