SAUTERNES

Sauternes is famous for sweet wines such as Yquem, Raymond-Lafon and Rieussec. They are among the best dessert wines in the world

Sauternes is made with noble rot (also called botrytis, a moisture covering the grape), Because soils are so diverse, and each house has its own way of making the golden wine, Sauternes is a very personalized wine.

Sauternes are often delicious, golden, unctuous and delicate. The famous roasted note comes when Sauternes is a little bit older.

Sauternes has its own ranking shared with Barsac.

In the southern part of the Bordeaux region, Barsac is famous for outstanding sweet wines such Chateau Climens and Chateau Coutet. Barsac is among the best dessert wines in the world.

In Barsac, wine growers have the choice to market their wine under the Barsac AOC or Sauternes AOC. It means that all Barsac wines could also be Sauternes wines while Sauternes wines cannot wear Barsac on their label.

Actually, Barsac and Sauternes vineyards are separated by the Ciron river. Barsac lays on the left bank of the river. Local climate could explain the high quality of the wine in Barsac. Every morning a mist covers the vines while sun exposure during the day is particularly high for the Bordeaux region. The association of the two leads to proper development of Botrytis fungus, a noble rot that gives very high concentration of sugar, essential for sweet white wine.

Barsac is maybe a little bit less liquorous and more fruity than Sauternes.

Sauternes wine information :
 

Appellation:Crus Classés de Sauternes
Appellation Sauternes Controlée
Location:50 km south east of Bordeaux
Places:Sauternes, Barsac, Bommes, Fargues de Langon, Preignac
Soil:

Gravels
Clayey-limestone
Limestone

Size:1,800 ha (4,500 acres)
Production:4.5 million bottles
Grapes:Sauvignon
Sémillon
Muscadelle
Type of wine:

Powerful delicate sweet white wine
The King of sweet wines!

Age:5 to 35 years
sometimes more than 100 years
Vintages:
(recommended)
2003, 2001, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1983, 1981, 1976
Aromas:Honey
Dried pineapple
Nuts
Food and Sauternes:Foie Gras
Asparagus
Lobster
Trout

Barsac wine information :
 

Appellation:

Crus Classés de Sauternes
Appellation Barsac Controlée
or Appellation Sauternes Controlée

Location:50 km (31 miles) south-east of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne river
Places:Barsac
Soil:Gravels, red sand
Clayey-limestone
Size:830 ha (2,050 acres)
Production:1.8 million bottles
Grapes:Sauvignon
Sémillon
Muscadelle
Type of wine:Powerful fruity sweet white wine
Age:more than 50 years
Vintages:
(recommended)
2003, 2001, 1997, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1983, 1976, 1961
Aromas:Honey
Dried fig
Acacia
Barsac and Food:Foie Gras
Asparagus
Lobster
Trout


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