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Sauternes Blend

Sauternes blend wines are sweet and hail from Bordeaux, France. They feature Sauternes grapes as well as sauvignon blanc and sémillon grapes. Sauternes blend wines are Bordeaux’s most expensive to produce.

Sauternes grapes are strategically planted close to the Garonne River, as the grapes are likely to develop noble rot there. This results in raisin-like characteristics that express full-bodied flavor on the palate. Other flavor notes include honey and stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches, as well as a long finish. Even in a year where noble rot does not occur, all is not lost. Winemakers will still use Sauternes grapes to produce a dry white wine.

Storied producers of Sauternes include Château d’Yquem. In 2013, a case of the winery's 2007 vintage fetched $4,900. Laying Sauternes down in the cellar truly pays off because as the years go on, the wine develops notes of butterscotch and caramel.


Quick Facts

  • One of the reasons for Sauternes’ high prices is that production swings from year to year, with no guarantee that every year will produce a high yield
  • President Thomas Jefferson adored Sauternes wines and traveled to Bordeaux often
  • Perhaps the most common food pairing with Sauternes is the equally indulgent foie-gras

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2 bouteilles CHÂTEAU FILHOT, Sauternes, 1988
Oct 14, 2:00 PM CEST
2 bouteilles CHÂTEAU FILHOT, Sauternes, 1988
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
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Château Gilette Doux 1947, Sauternes (10)
Oct 06, 10:30 AM BST
Château Gilette Doux 1947, Sauternes (10)
by Bonhams
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0000 Bids
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Château d'Yquem 1989, Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classé (24 half-bottles)
Oct 06, 10:30 AM BST
Château d'Yquem 1989, Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classé (24 half-bottles)
by Bonhams
Est: £2,200- £2,800
£2,2000 Bids
1997 Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes
Oct 13, 10:30 AM BST
1997 Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £150- £200
£1500 Bids
1999 Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes
Oct 13, 10:30 AM BST
1999 Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £350- £450
£3500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sauternes Blend


Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Bonhams

Bonhams

HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo

HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo