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Sauternes is famous for sweet wines such as Yquem, Raymond-Lafon and Rieussec. They are among the best dessert wines in the world

Sauternes is made with noble rot (also called botrytis, a moisture covering the grape), Because soils are so diverse, and each house has its own way of making the golden wine, Sauternes is a very personalized wine.

Sauternes are often delicious, golden, unctuous and delicate. The famous roasted note comes when Sauternes is a little bit older.

Sauternes has its own ranking shared with Barsac.

Sauternes wine information :

Appellation: Crus Classés de Sauternes
Appellation Sauternes Controlée
Location: 50 km south east of Bordeaux
Places: Sauternes, Barsac, Bommes, Fargues de Langon, Preignac


Size: 1,800 ha (4,500 acres)
Production: 4.5 million bottles
Grapes: Sauvignon
Type of wine:

Powerful delicate sweet white wine
The King of sweet wines!

Age: 5 to 35 years
sometimes more than 100 years
2003, 2001, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1983, 1981, 1976
Aromas: Honey
Dried pineapple
Food and Sauternes: Foie Gras

Cheese and Sauternes:


Bleu d'Auvergne
Fourme d'Ambert

Next: Barsac

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