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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  • Sémillon

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Muscadelle

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Isabella

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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...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Chateau d'Yquem

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

  • Château La Tour Blanche

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

  • 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...

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • BLM, what are you setting next to it as backup?  ;-) A friend asked ... ... of 1996 Chateau Guiraud sauternes, and some yet-to-be-clarified spirits. If I know him he'll probably sneak a couple of Didier Dagenaux Silexes into the mix, but I'll try to ensure they're at the beginning, rather than after dessert as he's been known to do.  ;-(The g... Read More

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  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... to be somewhat more like a Sauternes than an aszú wine, but sometimes those are really nice.I'd pass on the desserts, although if you're into it, a nice Dobos torte can be a good thing. But it's pretty rich and better to have in the afternoon with some coffee. It was a... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... ... sweetness. The wines of Sauternes are botrytis wines and CA is a pretty dry place for the most part and those wines require very specific conditions involving fog and late summers, so CA doesn't seem to do those very well, but they do make a lot of sweet wines by ot... Read More

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  • California Sauterne.  Wow.  Talk about a blast from the past.I do ... ... sweet (but nothing like Sauternes).  I'm sure it was a blend of different grapes. If I were to bet, I'd say French Colombard and Chenin Blanc.  If you can find a bottle of Chenin Blanc--from California, France or Soouth Aftrica--that might be a good place for you to sta... Read More

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  • I have enjoyed a bottle of sweet desert wine from one of the Bordeaux ... it ... it was lovely,just like a Sauternes,an area just to the south of the Cerons appellati Read More

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  • 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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