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Sweet and unctuous but delightfully charming, the finest Sauternes typically express flavors of exotic dried tropical fruit, candied apricot, dried citrus peel, honey or ginger and a zesty beam of acidity.

Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle are the grapes of Sauternes. But Sémillon's susceptibility to the requisite noble rot makes it the main variety and contributor to what makes Sauternes so unique. As a result, most Sauternes estates are planted to about 80% Sémillon. Sauvignon is prized for its balancing acidity and Muscadelle adds aromatic complexity to the blend with Sémillon.

Botrytis cinerea or “noble rot” is a fungus that grows on grapes only in specific conditions and its onset is crucial to the development of the most stunning of sweet wines.

In the fall, evening mists develop along the Garonne River, and settle into the small Sauternes district, creeping into the vineyards and sitting low until late morning. The next day, the sun has a chance to burn the moisture away, drying the grapes and concentrating their sugars and phenolic qualities. What distinguishes a fine Sauternes from a normal one is the producer’s willingness to wait and tend to the delicate botrytis-infected grapes through the end of the season.

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    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2001
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    Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
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    Chateau Doisy Daene L'Extravagant Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2001
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      Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
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      Chateau Coutet (stained label) 2001
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      Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (half-bottle) 2001
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      Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2001
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      Chateau de Fargues Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2001
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