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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  • Château Filhot

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

  • Chateau d'Yquem

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

  • Château Suduiraut

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

  • Château de Rayne-Vigneau

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

  • 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...

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • D, we went down to Joshua Tree over spring break, came back via Diamond Bar ... some better than perfection Sauternes).  Part of the trip was devoted to checking out some colleges for our older daughter on the early end of things.  We did check out the Claremonts, with some help from Lingprof (miss her on here), Caltech, and Oxy.  Wife:  "Do y... Read More

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  • Funny, I hadn't really noticed that Neyers made so many wines from such ... the mags, half bottles (all Sauternes right now) and odd stuff, so worst case is that I could go 360 on the wire racks and 50-60 more on shelves below, but we're probably looking more like 420 on wire racks.  Still have to rebalance the portfolio and fill in some missi... Read More

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  • Suduirat can be had for quite a bit less, but, yeah, that's a nice old ... ... won't finish a 750 of Sauternes, unless one of them is Dmcker.  I'd go for the Montebello or search around for a Dunn Howell Mountain with a little age on it.&nbs Read More

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  • Al, you want to go a completely different direction?    Sauternes.  And, if you really want to blow the socks off your wine friends the next time you have them over for a wine dinner--Ch. d'Yquem.I think you (or Sandra) would be hard pressed to find a 750 ml bottle of Yuckem for $150, but you can certainly find different vintages in half-bottles... Read More

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  • I always carry stuff vertically, but perhaps holding things on their sides is ... ... Total of 8 bottles of Sauternes/Barsac, two each of Doisy-Vedrines, Doisy-Daene, Coutet, and Guiraud.  I checked out the ratings of our buddy Panos on CT.  What bargains:  Nothing over $23.  (18, 20, 20, and 23, respectively.)  My nephew tells me he and his ... Read More

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  • Last night I had a lovely desert wine with my cheese supper. It was a Jurancon ... it the equal of a good sauterne Read More

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  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other ... ... so you can irrigate. In Sauternes, they want sweet wine, so in case they don't get enough botrytis, they can add sugar and can freeze the grapes - you gotta get some product out and do whatever is necessary. In Tokaj, they always get botrytis, so it's illegal... Read More

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  • There is also a big difference between real sweetness (grams of remaining sugar ... ... (think about Spaetlese, Sauternes, Tokay... Read More

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  • Get well soon Outhere. I am going to finish off my bottle of Chateau Rabaud-Promis Premier cru Sauternes this evening Read More

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  • Chateau Rabaud-Promis Premier Cru Classe Sauternes 1998


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Sauternes is a prestigious appellation [ created in 1936 although viticulture here 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 river Garonne about 25 miles south of the City o... 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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