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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.
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  • Isabella

    Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is be...

  • Sémillon

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Muscadelle

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

  • 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

  • Hi James, nice to have you back.Serve it colder than you'd serve any other ... are generally sweeter than Sauternes. The residual sugar in Sauternes averages somewhere around 150 g/l, give or take say 30 grams, whereas ice wine is maybe 200 grams per liter, give or take maybe 50 grams either way.There is usually more acid in ice wine too, whic... Read More

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  • I received a nice bottle of Ice Wine from a friend. Although I understand it ... ... than it's sweet like Sauterne Read More

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  • My neice served the traditional turkey with which we had the Gevrey Chambertin ... although my sister had the sauternes.I had a glass of the sauternes myself with the Stilton cheese later on in the me Read More

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  • Chateau Raymond Lafon Sauternes Futures 2009

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    Rich gold. Honey notes. Heartwarmingly sweet! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Petit Guiraud Sauternes 2012

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    (Past tasting 3 Aug 2014) Golden yellow. Honey and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I am not having this tonight but I did have a lovely bottle of aged Sauternes on Chjristmas day, a 1989 vintage Chateau Courline Nauton which was lovely. I also had some champagne and some Gevrey Chambertin. Read More

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  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    I bought this bottl;e of wine a while ago from the website ... for £15.Sauternes is a very prestigious AOC for sweet white desert wines on the west bank of the Garonne to the south of the city of Bordeaux.The grapes are harvested late in the season to allow the development of a fungus called Botrytis which contributes to the sweet taste.Chateau... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Guiraud Bordeaux Sauternes Grand Cru 2006

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  • Totally the wrong shape for the bottle.  Should be a clear Bord ... fully ... fully branded Premier Cru Sauternes I have put u Read More

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