Sauternes and Barsac

If you find yourself at a royal reception or being hosted for dinner by an important dignitary sometime soon, chances are you will receive a glass of honeyed, unctuous Sauternes wine with your dessert. The home of the world's most prized and celebrated sweet wines, Sauternes and Barsac are two neighbouring village appellations located 65 kilometres south of the city of Bordeaux. To make these fickle and expensive wines healthy grapes are left on the vines until they have been infected with Botrytis cinerea, a fungus which dries the grapes and naturally develops the sugars. Weather conditions sometimes make this infection impossible - in 2012, the world's most famous sweet wine producer, Chateau d'Yquem, produced no wine at all. Wines from Sauternes and Barsac are made primarily from Semillon with Sauvignon Blanc used to add freshness and acidity to the blend. Many of the best Sauternes wines can age for many years, and the best wines perfectly balance freshness and sweetness, and power and subtlety.

 

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  1. Light, vibrant sweet
    Always one of the strongest second wines from the top estates in Sauternes; Château Doisy-Védrines. A Semillon-dominant blend that is richly flavoured with honey and lush stone fruit, balanced by fresh acidity and great length from a touch of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Great with pâté, blue cheese as well as a range of ... Read more
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  2. Light, vibrant sweet
    Les Carmes de Rieussec is the excellent second wine from the iconic Château Rieussec in Sauternes, owned by Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite). 2017 is a blend of Sémillon 94%, Sauvignon blanc 3%, Muscadelle 3% and is a pure, bright and energetic Sauternes with notes of citrus and stone fruit, with added tangerin and candie... Read more
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  3. Rich, complex sweet
    The 2016 Climens was tasted from the 12 different lots that will go into the Grand Vin, with some selected from the Deuxième Vin, Cyprès de Climens. As usual, I had to assemble them in my mind and relate commonalities, though at a négoçiant a week later I re-tasted four preprepared micro-blends. I found much elegance this ye... Read more
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    Coutet is one of the most well-know and well-loved Barsac estates, and is a classified Sauternes Premier Cru Classé. The château has been under ownership of the Baly family since 1977, and is now in the capable hands of Aline. 2020 is a blend of 95% Semillon, 4% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle.... Read more
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    Coutet is one of the most well-know and well-loved Barsac estates, and is a classified Sauternes Premier Cru Classé. The château has been under ownership of the Baly family since 1977, and is now in the capable hands of Aline. 2020 is a blend of 95% Semillon, 4% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle.... Read more
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