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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Sauternes on Snooth

  • 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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  • Burgers and ZIn.   Or pasta with Zin,or grilled tri-tip with Zin,or ... cheese stuffed pears with Sauternes.; Read More

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  • Red, it's context:  Pinot is supposed to deliver a certain kind of ... of ... for certain cuisine--sauternes and foie gras being a classic pair, good auslese Riesling and spicy Asian food have become common.  Residual sugar is essential to wines like Sauternes, Rivesaltes, Tokaji, the sweet wines of Maury, but it doesn't really mesh well with... Read More

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  • I do not understand how you casn say that people who really love wines ... ... French desert wines notably Sauternes. BLISS IN A GLAS Read More

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  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... ... a good bet. Wines from Sauternes and Barsac are different from the Hungarians. The Hungarians do in fact make wines similar to Sauternes - it's a cheaper way to do it and it's increasingly done, but those types of wines are clunkier than the aszú wines - thicke... Read More

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