Sauternes & Barsac

Sauternes and Barsac are the world-famous sweet wines of Bordeaux. The Sauternes region is located 40km southeast of the city of Bordeaux, in the southern end of the Graves wine district. Though it is commonplace to refer to all the sweet wines made there as ‘Sauternes’, in fact there are five different communes: Sauternes, Barsac, Preignac, Bommes and Fargues. While all the wines made in the region can be labelled Sauternes, producers in Barsac may label their wines under the Barsac appellation. Sauternes and Barsac have their own ranking, which was also presented at the 1855 World expo in Paris.

The area is famous for the presence of noble rot – a fungus (Botrytis cinerea). Primarily this is when the different water temperatures of the two rivers mix, giving rise to morning mists. Additionally, on warm, sunny days grapes can dry and concentrate without being ravaged by grey rot or other diseases. If and when all this occurs, noble rot can then attack the grapes, contributing greater concentration, acidity and complexity to the wines. It also adds recognizable aromas and flavours, ranging from hints of varnish to nail polish, intense tropical fruit notes and smoke.

Winery Description Vintage Format Bot. Price by Case Rating
Ch. Coutet Cuvee Madame Barsac 1997 75CL 2350 RP 97
Ch. d’Yquem Sauternes 1975 75CL 7600 RP98
Ch. Guiraud Sauternes, 12x75cl 2008 12X75CL 4200 RP 93
Ch. Suduiraut Sauternes, 12x75cl 2009 12X75CL 7800 RP98

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