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

    … notes with some melony richness. Ripe apples, too. Fresh and very drinkable, this is a lovely Riesling. 93/100 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2004 Mosel, Germany Lively and mineral with subtle hints of cabbage. Very fresh and not too sweet with focused, pure, linear fruit. Not too developed. 92/100 Christian Seely Château…

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

    I’m fortunate to work in an industry I love (entertainment) that by definition requires long hours. Often I work around the clock, and in this industry ‘weekends’ simply don’t exist. So when I get an opportunity to enjoy wine with friends, it’s very special indeed! Recently I was blessed with two nights off in a row.

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  • 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

    … but that is no reflection on Fox Run. Many people love this red blend. Here is a little bit of information on the signature grape that is the pride of the Finger Lakes. Riesling is a grape varietal unique among its other noble cousins. It is more adept at absorbing the mineral characteristics of the soil in which it is grown. All grapes, all plant life…

    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

    … 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

    … Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Château Batailley, Pauillac Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac Château Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac Château Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac Château d’Armailhac, Pauillac Château Pédesclaux, Pauillac Château…

    Serdar Kahraman/ Sommblog- 4 readers -
  • 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 €

    … barriques neuves n’étant jamais inférieur à 30%. Sur la Route des Châteaux, Château Desmirail vous ouvre son portail de marbre rose et vous plonge dans la découverte de son patrimoine architectural et de son vin d’exception. Château La Tour de Bessan - Bordeaux - Margaux Cru Bourgeois de l’appellation Margaux, le Château La Tour de Bessan est la…

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