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Sauternes

It is the ultimate accolade for any sweet wine produced in the world to be compared to a Sauternes. At the confluence of the Garonne and the Ciron, the winemakers of this area eagerly await the mist that is thrown up by the cool waters of the latter hitting the warmer flow of the former. It is the mist that causes Botrytis cinerea, noble rot, and it is the rot that leads to the sweet, shrivelled grapes essential for great Sauternes. Who discovered that rotten grapes made magical wine is unknown, but they should be thanked by everyone with deep enough pockets to enjoy drinking these sumptuous offerings.

It is the ultimate accolade for any sweet wine produced in the world to be compared to a Sauternes. At the confluence of the Garonne and the Ciron, the winemakers of this area eagerly await the mist that is thrown up by the cool waters of the latter hitting the warmer flow of the former. It is the mist that causes Botrytis cinerea, noble rot, and it is the rot that leads to the sweet, shrivelled grapes... read more.

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The wines of Sauternes should be sweet, acidic and unbelievably rich. Sémillon is the grape responsible, though it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Barsac is a famous commune within the larger appellation that is entitled to use either its own name or that of Sauternes on the bottle and is considered to be slightly lighter in style.

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  1. Chateau d' Yquem Premier Grand Cru, Sauternes France, 2008 (Half Bottle)

    Chateau d' Yquem Premier Grand Cru, Sauternes France, 2008 (Half Bottle) 37.5cl

    An outstanding dessert wine from the most famous Château in Bordeaux. A delicate and balanced nose of honey, stone fruit and citrus. Once in the mouth, the flavours dance. Subtle honey, citrus and peach combine with a thread of underlying acidity. The finish is elegant and lasting. 

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  2. Château Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes France, 2008

    Château Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes France, 2008 75cl

    This is a truly elegant Sauterns with subtle flavours of grapefuits and hints of pineapple. Zesty and rounded on the palate with lingering lavours of apricot and candidid honied lemon.

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  3. Château Suduiraut Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes France, 1999

    Château Suduiraut Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes France, 1998 75cl

    A golden yellow appearance, with a complex nose of crystallised honey and floral notes. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with a luscious sweetness, this wine is elegant and balanced.

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    £68.23
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    £78.44
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    £56.86
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