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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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1961 Chateau Guiraud, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1961 Chateau Guiraud, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD1604 Bids
1967 Chateau Romer du Hayot, 2me Cru Classe, Sauternes - ex chateau 2021
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1967 Chateau Romer du Hayot, 2me Cru Classe, Sauternes - ex chateau 2021
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD1203 Bids
A 1941 and a 1973 Chateau d'Yquem, Lur-Saluces, Sauternes ,
May 29, 10:00 AM CEST
A 1941 and a 1973 Chateau d'Yquem, Lur-Saluces, Sauternes ,
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €600- €800
€3252 Bids
2018 Chateau d'Yquem, 1er Cru Classe Superieur, Sauternes
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2018 Chateau d'Yquem, 1er Cru Classe Superieur, Sauternes
by Lawsons
Est: AUD900- AUD1,300
AUD4502 Bids
1980 Yalumba 'Show Reserve' Sauternes, Barossa Valley
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1980 Yalumba 'Show Reserve' Sauternes, Barossa Valley
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
1 bouteille Château GILETTE, Crème de Tête Sauternes 1950
May 21, 8:30 PM CEST
1 bouteille Château GILETTE, Crème de Tête Sauternes 1950
by Tajan
Est: €160- €200
€1001 Bid
Selezione Sauternes
May 22, 2:15 PM CEST
Selezione Sauternes
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
Château La Tour Blanche, Sauternes
Jun 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Château La Tour Blanche, Sauternes
by Auktionshaus Arnold
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rosé
Jun 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rosé
by Auktionshaus Arnold
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
1 bouteille Château D'YQUEM, 1° cru supérieur Sauternes 1976
May 21, 8:30 PM CEST
1 bouteille Château D'YQUEM, 1° cru supérieur Sauternes 1976
by Tajan
Est: €480- €600
€3500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sauternes Blend


Lawsons

Lawsons

Auktionshaus Arnold

Auktionshaus Arnold

Tajan

Tajan

Carlo Bonte Auctions

Carlo Bonte Auctions