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.
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    • What is Wine’s Role in Modern Madness? Finding Our Humanity Drop by Drop

      Editor’s Note: I wrote this magazine piece on wine and civility 13 years ago, after 9/11. However, the search for civility in everyday life has more resonance than ever, with the riots in Fergus, ISIS, Jian Gohemeshi, Gamergate, unfettered consumerism, and the mysogenous micro-aggressions that women face daily on social media. I welcome your thoughts here: never lose is your voice.

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 4 readers -
    • 3 Amazing Dessert wines for the Holidays

      We all know that wines can be enjoyed with or without food. And we know that wines can be paired with food. But can wines be considered food? In the case of dessert wines, I think the case can be made. Instead of eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream and apple pie, try some or all of the following wines as an after dinner dessert, or as an aperitif(before dinner)- and as a wine! ...

      Weekly Wine Journal- 3 readers -
    • What We Have Been Drinking—12/1/2014

      Over the course of a week, I taste a bunch of wine, usually with friends, and almost always with my wife. This last week I travelled to Michigan with the boys to visit my family (my wife had to “work” so she did not join us, conveniently for her) and so I was not at home with access to my cellar.

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  • CASTAGNA'S 2014 RELEASE: 12 AND 13

    …, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon and Viognier, in descending order of volume. I reckon that'd be a first. Egg-shaped amphoræ fermenters at Castagna ... all photos Philip White Castagna Growers' Selection Beechworth Chardonnay 2013 $35; 12% alcohol; DIAM cork; 86++ points Made earthy and get-down with a little Burgundian vendageur sweat…

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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…

    jamie goode's wine blogin Riesling- 8 readers -
  • PDT, Alder, & A Wonderful Wine Weekend!

    … is a wonderful resource championing some amazing winemakers. I immediately liked Siobhan, and she divined my palate, tempting me with delightful wine pairings that demonstrated her vast knowledge and accurate palate. Siobhan Lowe- photo from To the WINE! Gāl Tibor, Egri Csillag White Wine Blend, Hungary. ABV 13.9%. Prices by Snooth…

    Jim Van Bergen/ jvb uncorkedin Pinot Noir- 2 readers -
  • The marathon du medoc

    … I had no pain. I came 2741 out of 10196 runners, which is better than last year. I was slow, but it was very warm and there were lots of wine stops, and congestion at the start cost around 25 minutes. It was tremendous fun. I was 808 out of 2380 in my age group – my time was (cringe) 5.27 – I was very lazy because I had lots left in my tank at the end and sprinted the last stretch! Then I had a 20 minute walk back to Pichon, where we had lunch with wine, port and Sauternes, which was most splendid. A film will follow. …

    Jamie Goode/ jamie goode's wine blog- 5 readers -
  • Finger Lakes Wine Tour – Day Two

    … where they set their wine on the scale. For more information on the IRF scale visit . Dessert styles do not need any other accompaniment. They can be as satisfying as a fine French Sauternes or Canadian Ice Wine. Growers, especially those who see themselves as farmers first, love Riesling’s ability to express its…

    WiningWaysin Cabernet Franc Riesling- 1 readers -
  • 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

    … and adds a delicious hint of ginger and honey to sweet wines. This is particularly effective when producing Sauternes and one of the most coveted wines of the world, Chateau d’Yquem. Residual Sugar The final category of sweet wines consists of wines that were cut off during the fermentation process. When this happens, the grape’s sugar is left over…

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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

    … classified in importance from first to fifth growths (crus). All red came from the region of Médoc except Château Haut-Brion produced in the Graves . White wines limited to the sweet varieties of Sauternes and Barsac were classified and only the first and second growth. Published 18 April 1855, this classification has undergone two changes since…

    Serdar Kahraman/ Sommblog- 4 readers -
  • Sonoma State Sensory Evaluation Workshop

    Staying ahead of flaws in the cellar and quantifying perceptual differences and consumer preferences are critical to a winery’s bottom line. Following our return from New Zealand, Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute will partner with VESTA to again offer this popular workshop focusing on sensory evaluation and sensory test methods.

    Ray Johnson on Wine- 1 readers -
  • Sauternes: How Sweet It Is

    … Sauternes: How Sweet It Is Posted by Megan on February 19, 2011 We spent a day in the sub-region of Sauternes, home of the greatest sweet wines in the world. We were welcomed at Château Doisy-Védrines by the owner Olivier Casteja for a tour the property and a lunch in his modest, 2-storey farmhouse. Doisy-Védrines is situated in Barsac… -
  • 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 €

    Ajoutez des activités à votre séjour le long de la route du vin de Bordeaux (vous pourrez activer ces options sur le formulaire de réservation) : Journée vigneronne au Château Camarsac : activité en fonction de la saison à la vigne ou aux chais et casse-croute vigneron Atelier à la découverte des arômes au Château Suduiraut, Premier Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes.

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