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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.

ImageTypeRegionNameVintageRating
Chateau d’Yquem 1er CruChateau d’Yquem 1er CruRP 98
Chateau Doisy Vedrines (37.5cl)Chateau Doisy Vedrines (37.5cl)RP 92
Chateau La Maroutie MonbazillacChateau La Maroutie Monbazillac-
Moelleux Maitres Goustiers (37.5cl)Moelleux Maitres Goustiers (37.5cl)-