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 Lamothe de Haux

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

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    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 La Tour Blanche

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

  • 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...

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • As it happens I have three bottles of Vidal icewine in my apartment's wine ... 375s, while the eiswein and sauternes and tokaji and port and sherry and madeira, etc. I've bought in the past were usually 750s (or the slightly smaller Hungarian bottles). As has been commented on elsewhere, I also prefer balanced wines with good acid zip to them,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic ICE WINE

  • Hey, Lefty, welcome back!D, I haven't had Ice(Eis)wine(wein) yet, and I ... that I have bought a bit of Sauternes (it's a bargain in half bottles, unless you insist on Yquem).  Give me the right Madeira, port, Tokaji, and I'm happy to sip away.  Not all sherries are sweet, but I've enjoyed some that are like liquid burnt caramel (JD was not so... Read More

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  • @DMCKERYes I have tried all the wines you mentioned except Icewine. The icewine ... seek it out. Years ago when Sauternes were a bigger value I purchased a Chateau d'Yquem, the sauternes that was Napoleon's favorite, and it was unforgettable. Two months ago I had a glass of Tokaji and it was in downtown Budapest, Hungary...........I bought a bo... Read More

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  • Chateau Suau Sauternes 2006


    Finished the meal at Mercat Bistro. Just a lovely Sauternes. Golden amber in the glass, thick and creamy, with sweet with scents and tastes of ripe pear and peach, and a back of raisin. Ridiculously low price. Read More

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  • Excellent reports on some fun events, folks. Thanks.I'm patting myself on ... you can ever go wrong with Sauternes.  Now, if you told me that you had it with poached pears stuffed with blue-veined cheese, I would be even more envious.  I'm pretty sure enviouser is not a wor Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • I just drank one of the 2013 Uncle's the other day.  It's ... ... ... wine, but had brought Sauternes as a hostess gift.  (With this crowd, bringing California wine is redundant. During the evening, we learned that, after many years at the helm of Vineyard and Winery Management, Tina has decided to take some time off.  She's going to travel, ... Read More

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  • Greg is certainly a very knowledgeable contributor on multiple boards.  I ... ... beat any of those with Sauternes -- or, I assume, most good desert wines.I can't seem to find RBA's thread on his river cruise to France.  So, I'll just post this here.  We took a 7-day "Caifornia Coastal" cruise, and I am going to regale (i.e., bore) you with s... Read More

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  • Dean, let me add my welcome here also.We've enjoyed a number of dessert ... ... should go well with the Sauternes, late harvest whites and most Ice Wines and like Emark mentioned, this depends on if the dessert has fruit on it or not.There are no hard and fast rules and everyone's palate is different, so don't be afraid to experiment, we'd lo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Welcome, Dean.  We are pleased to have you with us.I agree with Duncan on trying Sauternes with cheesecake.  While cheesecake is certainly sweet, it also has a tang that I think would be a nice contrast to a dessert wine like Sauternes.  If there is fruit in or on the cheesecake (especially, lemon), then so much the better.  If you want to look ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Welcome to our forum.Sauternes is called a desert wine;in fact it isthe king of desert wines. It is very sweet and fruity so it could be a good complement to your cheesecake and chocolate.You could try port or sherry but I think the alchol in them can often be too much. A better alternative from the south of France could be a Maury or a Banyuls ... Read More

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