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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  • Château Filhot

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

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

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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...

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  • Château Cru D'arche Pugneau

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

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • I was about to go to glass in hand...SAUTERNES....2007 Rieussec, so I turned off Snooth!!!!I got up to brush my teeth!!!!!I checked Snooth forum...and a nice piece from GREGT appeared.......omg...where will we be without you???.....THANKS A MILLION! RE: G-L.....I ordered some from SOKOLIN/NY.....and the note next to it said....NO LONG... Read More

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  • Hadn't read about the absence of brett in G-L but whoever wrote that was ... that was ... a bunch of the Sauternes too.I like Sauternes as a rule, but some more than others. But I think that in the best years, when it's damp and gloomy and the red wines are not too good, Sauternes/Barsac usually makes their finest wines. I missed the botrytiz... Read More

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  • THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, STEPHEN!CHEERS!You needed a nice SAUTERNES and dessert! Read More

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  • Other LOVERS OF SAUTERNES like me will be pleased to learn that by all reports from tastings.....2014 SAUTERNES is EXCEPTIONAL!YEAHHH!!!!The hot temperatures of late October played a most critical role (as could have been expected then).THAT HOT WEATHER DEVELOPED THE GOOD OLD NOBLE ROT!Highly rated were:La Tour BlancheDoisy-VedrinesAND TO MY GRE... Read More

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  • Think of LOVE IN ALL FORMS!!!!! FOOD AND WINE...BUBBLY...perhaps?For ... ... ... a few bottles from SAUTERNES.....oh I love them.......QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! Read More

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  • In the first photo, I am holding a JACKSON-TRIGG ice wine.....I was not pleased ... ... see the small bottles of SAUTERNES and MONBAZILLAC....delicious....YE Read More

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  • The last Sauternes I had,the second wine from Rieussec,was a 1990, and as I said it was lovely. I did serve it well chilled of course Read More

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  • HAHA!!! D U N C A NNNNNNNNNNNN!!!  DUNCAN  906....the E TOWER thing ... DESSERT WINES....especially SAUTERNES.......of course, one would rather have Chateau d' Yquem at all material times!!! The best growths of BOMMES, special offerings, are remarkable..... YES!!! I  have found really great options!!   I call them appropriate Read More

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  • Amour the photo above, I am showing Sauternes, France  and Monbazillac, France......Chateau Rieussec SAUTERNES 2007 and Chateau Belingard  Monbazilac 2009 Read More

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  • Chateau Mayne des Carmes Sauternes 1990


    I bought this bottle of wine on the website ... for £12.50. Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture in the area 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 Garonne about 20 miles south of the City of Bordeaux The sweet... Read More

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