Sauternes Wine

 

Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for sweet white wines from five communes around the village of that name in the Graves part of the Bordeaux region, south of the Garonne river near the town of Langon. 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 Read more »

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  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Muscadelle

    It is unclear how Muscadelle made its way to Australia. The country has been famous for its excellent sweet wines sin...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Sauvignon

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Isabella

    Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is be...

Popular Wineries in Sauternes View all

  • Château Cru D'arche Pugneau

    Cru d'Arche Pugneau is an unclassified Sauternes estate, but its vineyards lie in close proximity...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château La Tour Blanche

    Chateau La Tour Blanche is situated in the heart of The Sauternes Appellation. About 40 km south ...

  • Château Filhot

    The Château FILHOT was founded in 1709 by a  Romain de FILHOT and is now owned and managed by o...

  • Château de Rayne-Vigneau

    The vineyards of Rayne Vigneau lie on a splendidly sited ridge, and have overlooked the Sauternes...

  • Château Suduiraut

    The terroir of Sauternes covering 2,200 hectares, lies forty kilometres from Bordeaux between the...

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Sauternes on Snooth

  • Chateau Filhot Gold Reserve 1998

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex ... Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for sweet white wines produced in five communes around the village of that name close to the town of Langon on the west bank of the Garonne river about 20 miles south of the City of Bo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sauternes Chateau Saint-Michel 2011

    Snoothrank:

    while this is a sweet wine, it is full bodied and mellow with a hint of raisin. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Anyone go to the 2019 version? They tasted the 2016 vintage.I got there really ... afternoon with my favorite Sauternes - Giraud, which once again stood out against the others. I told the guy it was my last wine and I was just going to drink it rather than spit, so he decided I needed more and he poured me a nice glass of it.For some reason th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Union des Grands Crus


  • Last night I had a plate of bread and cheese for supper and I opened a bottle ... bottle ... and prestigious Sauternes from the other side of the Garonne river. Strangely I could find out very little about Chateau le Tarey but it certainly deserves to be better kno Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Château Haut-Bergeron Sauternes 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Glad to see you back, Duncan.The first of your links--which, I assume, is the Sauternes--did not work.Regardless, we look forward to your report--or that of you Sauternes loving sister. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • My two latest purchases can be seen ... get two 75cl bottles of sauternes for a mere £10,although I did have to pay another £10 for delivery of all three bottles. I am not sure who Simon Garrety is but the wine is actually made by Chateau Gravas,a respected sauternes producer.I shall probably write up a review on here when I eventually get arou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I have been drinking a rare French wine which I bought directly from the ... ... the ... in some ways to a Sauternes but not as sweet.but there is also a suggestion of perfume and elderflow Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Maison Sichel Sauternes 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by C Hickman


  • Château de Rolland Barsac 1988

    Snoothrank:

    I bought two bottles of this wine from the new website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £35. Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936[although viticulture in this area goes back centuries] for sweet white wines produced in five communes around the village of that name close to the town of Langon on the west bank of the Garonne river about 20 miles s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • At what tempture do you serve this after dinner wine?

    Comment by 318739miltone 318739 miltone


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