Sauternes is a French sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux. Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavored wines. Due to its climate, Sauternes is one of the few wine regions where infection with noble rot is a frequent occurrence. Even so, production is a hit-or-miss proposition, with widely varying harvests from vintage to vintage.
Posts about Sauternes
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      Still pushing the boundaries: Castagna makes rad 13 whites and tight 12 reds for the cellar by PHILIP WHITE Julian Castagna was Australia's first biodynamic winemaking hero. There were others of the faith, of course, but when the first serious wines emerged from the Castagna Vineyard at Beechworth in 2001 it was immediately evident that the bar would suddenly be set very very high.

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  • Pre- and post-run wines from last weekend at Pichon

    … Medoc marathon winner Philippe Remond Château Suduiraut 2006 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France This is sensational. Honeyed crystalline fruits with caramel richness and some toast. Complex smoky apricots with orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and white pepper spiciness. Complex and complete. 95/100 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2003 Douro, Portugal Quite…

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  • PDT, Alder, & A Wonderful Wine Weekend!

    … tastes like eating a bowl of pastrami sandwich), a savory and complex rabbit sausage, and the daily special, a spicy fried chicken. The GM/Somm Siobhan Lowe has a captivating smile and a brilliant wine list. I asked her to pair wines for me and she thrilled my glass and palate. I was equally captivated by her “wines by women” listing, which…

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  • The marathon du medoc

    … So I ran the marathon du medoc yesterday for the second year. it was the 30th anniversary of the race, so even more than usual there was a party atmosphere. There were also more runners – over 10 000. It was a hot sunny day. Great for the vines, which need just another week of this weather for 2014 to be a very interesting vintage, even…

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  • Finger Lakes Wine Tour – Day Two

    Before the start of day two I did forget to mention some of the other wines we tasted at Fox Run Vineyards. Arctic Fox – Cayuga grape, refreshing, leaning towards the sweet side. Not a complex wine. Enjoyable citrus and stone fruit. Dry Riesling 2011 – Great minerality, acidity, lemony citrus 2013 Rosé of Lemberger – the only way I really enjoy Lemberger.

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  • The incomparable Yquem 1986

    … This was the star wine in a star line-up at Tuesday’s lunch. Just thrillingly good. Chateau d’Yquem 1986 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France Powerful, spicy and intense with lovely flavours of marmalade, apricot, spice and citrus, as well as some sweet melon notes and a delicious creaminess. There’s also a hint of white pepper. This is tantalising. So spicy and profound. 97/100 …

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  • The Scoop on Sweet Wines

    … into the future). Here is a run-down of some of the most common methods of making sweet wines. Study up and the next time you walk into the supermarket, you’ll be able to decipher exactly how your sweet wine came to be. Sandeman Port tasting, photo by Brandon Carson Fortified Wines Fortified wines are made when a liquor is added to fermenting grape…

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  • Chateau Coutet, a Premier Grand Cru of Sauternes

    … of the wines from her family Chateau in Sauternes that was both crisp and poetic. Sauternes in general is a tough sell in the US. For one thing, they are fairly expensive because of the production of the wines themselves; the grapes must be botrytised, a natural process that cannot be hurried or even counted on completely. The grapes, because…

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  • Sauternes and Cherries — A Special Summer Pairing

    … Those of us who are regular tasters at the Thursday night wine tasting at Fine Wines of Stockton know one of George’s great loves is Sauternes and cherries. Not just any cherries mind you. They must be cherries that are not overly sweet, just a touch of tartness is what’s desired to counter the sweetness of the Sauternes. Rainier or Queen…

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  • 1855 Classification of Bordeaux

    … the rankings: Château Cantemerle was added as a fifth growth in 1973, the Château Mouton Rothschild moved from second to first growth. Since then, the vineyards have changed size, without this being considered. Many of the best wines of the appellation Médoc that were not included in the 1855 classification are classified as Cru Bourgeois…

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  • 1995 Chateau D Yquem – Sauternes

    … writing personal essays p>Okay so we have been slacker’s and posted nothing for months. It certainly isn’t because we are not drinking some really special wines. Recently we enjoyed a bottle of the 1995 Chateau D Y’quem for a dear friends special birthday, and man was it ever special. Y’quem is the dessert wine that all others are judged…

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  • Fourchette & tire-bouchon - 0,00 €

    … représente 40 hectares de vignes. L’encépagement est composé de 70% de Cabernet Sauvignon, de 29% de Merlot et de 1% de Petit Verdot. Les raisins sont ramassés à la main et vinifiés séparément, par parcelle, afin de laisser s’exprimer la diversité des cépages et des terroirs. L’élevage en barrique est d’une durée d’un an environ, le pourcentage de…

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