Sauternes & Barsac

Sauternes & Barsac

Sauternes & 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
    Les Carmes de Rieussec is the excellent second wine from the iconic Château Rieussec in Sauternes, owned by Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite). 2016 is a blend of Sémillon (97%), Sauvignon Blanc (1%) and Muscadelle (2%), which produces a bright and charming Sauternes.... Read more
    Wine Critic Scores:
    James Suckling 89-90

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  2. 2016

    Chateau Petit Vedrines, Sauternes, 2016

    Chateau Doisy-Vedrines

    Light, vibrant sweet

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    Super second wine from a top Sauternes Chateau.
    Light, vibrant sweet
    Always one of the strongest second wines from the top chateaux in Sauternes. Richly flavoured with honey and lush stone fruit, fresh acidity and great length. Great buying for those after dinner occasions.... Read more

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  3. Aromatic, herbaceous white Certified Organic
    Chateau Guiraud is one of the few properties to be located within the village of Sauternes itself (the only other being its illustrious neighbour Chateau Yquem). This dry white is fermented in barrel and aged for 7 months on its lees, giving the wine great texture and depth.... Read more

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Rich, complex sweet
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  8. Aromatic, herbaceous white
    Clos des Lunes `Lune d`Argent` is produced by Olivier Bernard and the winemaking team at Domaine de Chevalier. A blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc from 60-hectares of vineyards split between the sub-zones of Sauternes (adjacent to Ch. Yquem!), Bommes as well as Barsac, each adding power, freshness and minerality res... Read more

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  9. Rich, complex sweet
    The 2015 vintage from Barsac`s leading property, Chateau Climens, is shaping up to be truly exceptional. Fruit purity, freshness and long ageworthiness are all buzzwords from the critics who have rated ths wine very highly.... Read more

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