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Sauternes

Internationally known for its sophistication and complexity, Sauternes occupies a special place in the world of sweet wines, symbolized perfectly by the prestigious Chateau d'Yquem. Along with a signature, inimitable wine style, Sauternes is also the name of a historical appellation. Located on the Left Bank of the Garonne River in the Bordeaux region of France, around thirty kilometers south of Bordeaux city, the Sauternes production area covers a total of 1,557 hectares, extending over 5 communes: Sauternes, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Barsac. The vineyards of Sauternes are planted in a stony soil, composed of gravel and pebbles on limestone with bits of clay.

The wines of Sauternes owe their very particular flavor to the famous "noble rot", botrytis cinerea, a fungus without which this style would simply not exist. A unique microclimate is formed in this area by the Ciron River (a small tributary of the Garonne). The morning mists of autumn brings moisture, which is deposited on the surface of the berries, allowing for the development of this noble rot. The botrytis dries out the berries by concentrating the sugars inside (221g/L, according to the specifications of the appellation) and helping the wine express its flavors fully. A kind of liquid gold, Sauternes wines are the result of a process that is long and expensive for producers, since the specifications of the appellation limit the yield per hectare to just 25hl. At the most selective estates, one vine is equivalent to a glass of wine, instead of a bottle as in the case for most wines.

The famous classification of 1855, specially created for the Universal Exhibition of Paris, designated 26 classified growths, each with its own character. Although Semillon is the flagship grape variety of the Sauternes appellation, the blend also includes Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.

The Sauternes appellation and its eponymous wine owes its fame to some prestigious properties, which include Chateau La Tour Blanche, Chateau Suduiraut, Chateau Guiraud, Chateau Climens, Chateau de Rayne Vigneau and also Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey...

Characterized by a beautiful aromatic freshness and citrus notes in their youth, Sauternes wines have a great ability to age, allowing them to fully express their complexity with a beautiful opulence on the palate, and a characteristic acidity.

Often associated with festive meals, Sauternes lends itself wonderfully to the most surprising food-wine pairings, especially with fusion cuisines and spicy dishes.

Wine Spectator
98 / 100
Parker
100 / 100
Chateau d'Yquem 2015
 T.T.C.A case of 3 Bottles (750ML)
Superior First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
93 / 100
Parker
93 / 100
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2009
 H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Classified First Growth
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
93-96 / 100
Parker
94-96 / 100
Chateau Suduiraut 2016
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Parker
96-98 / 100
Chateau Rieussec 2017
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Arrival in 2020
Wine Spectator
95 / 100
Parker
93 / 100
Chateau Guiraud 2014
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Parker
92 / 100
Chateau de Fargues 1989
 H.T. H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Les prix légers
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
96 / 100
Parker
93 / 100
Chateau Suduiraut 2011
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
95 / 100
Parker
99 / 100
Chateau d'Yquem 1990
 H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Superior First Growth
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
98 / 100
Parker
100 / 100
Chateau d'Yquem 2009
 H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Superior First Growth
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
89 / 100
Parker
90 / 100
Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 2001
 T.T.C.A case of 12 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
95 / 100
Parker
94 / 100
Chateau Suduiraut 2007
 T.T.C.A case of 12 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
96 / 100
Parker
92 / 100
Chateau Guiraud 2001
 H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Classified First Growth
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
93 / 100
Chateau Guiraud 2006
 H.T. H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Les prix légers
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
96 / 100
Parker
96 / 100
Chateau Guiraud 2009
 T.T.C.1 Double-Magnum (3L)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
95 / 100
Parker
95-97 / 100
Chateau Suduiraut 2015
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
90-93 / 100
Parker
92-94 / 100
Chateau La Tour Blanche 2017
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Arrival in 2020
Wine Spectator
94 / 100
Parker
96 / 100
Chateau d'Yquem 1988
 H.T.1 Bottle (750ML)
Superior First Growth
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
97 / 100
Parker
96 / 100
Chateau d'Yquem 2005
 H.T. H.T.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Superior First Growth
Les prix légers
In-Stock
Wine Spectator
93 / 100
Parker
93 / 100
Chateau Suduiraut 2006
 T.T.C.A case of 12 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
Wine Spectator
92-95 / 100
Parker
92-94 / 100
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2017
 T.T.C.A case of 6 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Arrival in 2020
Wine Spectator
88 / 100
Parker
94 / 100
Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 1998
 T.T.C.A case of 12 Bottles (750ML)
Classified First Growth
Pre-Arrivals
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