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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 Coutet - 1er Cru ClasséChateau Coutet - 1er Cru ClasséRP 96
Chateau de FarguesChateau de FarguesRP 97
Château Guiraud (375ml) - 1er Cru Classé, Château Guiraud (375ml) - 1er Cru ClasséRP 95
Château La Maroutie MonbazillacChâteau La Maroutie Monbazillac-
Château Petit Vedrines (375ml) - 1er Cru Classé, Château Petit Vedrines (375ml) - 1er Cru ClasséDoisy Vedrines 93+
Château Rieussec (375ml) - 1er Cru ClasséChâteau Rieussec (375ml) - 1er Cru ClasséRP 96+
Les Carmes de Rieussec (375ml)Les Carmes de Rieussec (375ml)RP 90
Les Carmes de Rieussec (375ml)Les Carmes de Rieussec (375ml)RP 91