Sauternes

Sauternes is where arguably the world's finest sweet white wines are produced. The appellation consists of five communes: Barsac, Preignac, Bommes, Fargues and Sauternes itself. It literally has an atmosphere all of its own, a specific mesoclimate of evening autumn mists which linger until well into the following day. The result is an ideal environment for the growth of the mould botrytis cinerea.

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Sauternes is where arguably the world's finest sweet white wines are produced. The Sauternes appellation actually consists of five communes: Barsac, Preignac, Bommes, Fargues and Sauternes itself. Barsac is also an appellation in its own right.

Sauternes literally has an atmosphere different from any of the other major communes. At the southern tip of the Graves,close to the Garonne, not only is the land hillier and decidedly more bucolic but it also enjoys a specific mesoclimate of evening autumn mists which linger until well into the following day, unless burnt off by warm sunshine.

The mists are caused by the cool, spring-fed waters of the Ciron River meeting the warmer tidal Garonne, and the result is an ideal environment for the growth of the mould botrytis cinerea. When its arrival is felicitous, it feeds on the water in the ripe grapes, dehydrating them and leaving sweet, shriveled fruit.

Other regions in Bordeaux (ie Cadillac, Loupiac) produce wines in a similar style from the same method, but none achieve the profundity and complexity of Sauternes.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. D'Yquem, Ch. Climens (Barsac), Ch. Suduiraut, Ch. Rieussec,  Sigalas- Rabaud, Ch. Coutet (Barsac), Ch. de Fargues, Ch. Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Ch. Doisy-Védrines (Barsac), Chateau Partarrieu, La Tour Blanche

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Chateau de Malle, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, Drink now, White, 14.0 % alc.

H/Bottle £12.00

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H/Bottle 24 x 37.5cl

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£191.76

Chateau de Malle, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, Drink now, White, 14.0 % alc.

H/Bottle £14.00

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£203.76

Bottle £22.00

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71cs

£156.00

Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud, Sémillon, Dry, Ready, but will keep, White, 13.5 % alc.

Bottle £21.00

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11cs

£92.70

Chateau Rieussec, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, For laying down, White, 14.0 % alc.

H/Bottle £28.00

Ch. Raymond Lafon, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, Ready, but will keep, White, 13.5 % alc.

Bottle £29.00

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58cs

£236.40

Magnum £55.00

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£105.00

Chateau Guiraud, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, For laying down, White, 13.5 % alc.

H/Bottle £29.00

Case price (24) £590.88

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£467.76

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H/Bottle 12 x 37.5cl

12cs

£233.88

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£234.00

Chateau Suduiraut, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, For laying down, White, 14.0 % alc.

H/Bottle £34.50

Case price (12) £288.24

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25cs

£227.88

Bottle £69.00

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22cs

£228.00

Chateau Rieussec, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, For laying down, White, 14.0 % alc.

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, For laying down, White, 13.5 % alc.

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£324.00

Chateau Guiraud, Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon, Sweet, Ready, but will improve, White, 13.5 % alc.

Bottle £50.00

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