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Bordeaux – France

Sauternes, 40 miles (65km) south of Bordeaux city, is a village famous for its high-quality sweet wines. Although some wineries here produce dry wines, they sell them under appellations other than the sweet-specific Sauternes appellation. The village is surrounded on all sides by vineyards, the best of which produce some of the world’s most prestigious, long-lived and expensive dessert wines. A half-bottle of top-quality, aged Sauternes wine from a good vintage can command prices in excess of US$1000.

The classic Sauternes wine has an intense golden color (darker than most other dessert wines), which turns a deep amber as it ages in bottle. The aromas include blossom and stone fruit, with a hint of honeysuckle – the trademark of botrytized wines. The best wines balance sweetness with acidity, concentration with freshness, and power with elegance.

TypeRegionNameVintageRating
Chateau d’Yquem 1CSChateau d’Yquem 1CSRP 98
Chateau Doisy Vedrines (37.5cl)Chateau Doisy Vedrines (37.5cl)RP 92
Château Guiraud 1CCChâteau Guiraud 1CCRP 91
Chateau La Maroutie MonbazillacChateau La Maroutie Monbazillac-
Chateau Lafargue - MonbazillacChateau Lafargue - Monbazillac-
Moelleux Maitres Goustiers (37.5cl)Moelleux Maitres Goustiers (37.5cl)-