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Sauternes Wine Bordeaux, France

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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 Suduiraut Sauternes (low shoulder fill) 1934 Front Label
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    • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (top shoulder fill) 1945 Front Label
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      • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1962  Front Label
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        • Chateau Gilette Sauternes Creme de Tete 1967  Front Label
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        • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1969
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          • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (torn label) 1970  Front Label
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            • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1970  Front Bottle Shot
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              • Chateau Climens (high shoulder fill) 1970  Front Label
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                • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1975  Front Label
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                • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (bin soiled label) 1975  Front Label
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                  • Chateau Climens  1976 Front Label
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                      • Chateau de Fargues Sauternes (stained label) 1976
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                      • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (marked label) 1981
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                        • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1983 Front Label
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                        • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (bin soiled labels) 1983  Front Label
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                        • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1986
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                          • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1986 Front Label
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                            • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1988  Front Label
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                              • Chateau Rieussec Mayne des Carmes 1988  Front Label
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                                • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988 Front Label
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                                • Chateau d'Arche Sauternes 1989  Front Label
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                                    • Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 1989 Front Label
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                                    • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1989  Front Label
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