Sauternes represents the sweeter side of Bordeaux and is made from the region’s rare white grapes. Built on the thin-skins of Sémillon with a bit of bright acidity, generously donated by Sauvignon Blanc, Sauternes (and Barsac) make exceptional dessert wines that share a particular affinity for oak and will age for several decades.
Château d'Yquem, Sauternes 1er Cru Supérieur (375ml) 2011
This beautiful Sauternes offers intense aromatics packed with overripe pineapple drenched in honey, roasted nuts, apricots, nectarines, white peach, flowers, orange rind and honey in the complex perfume. Thick, rich and intense, with the viscosity of motor oil, along with tropical fruit dripping with honey and the perfect amount of acidity for the 144 grams of residual sugar to give this elixir lift, 2011 Chateau d’Yquem is majestic
98 pts. The Wine Cellar Insider
$317. Special order
Château de Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes 1er Cru Classé (375ml) 2014
Bright gold in color, this wine is medium to full-bodied with an oily texture. Bursting aromas and flavors of ripe mango, heather, candied orange and honeysuckle as well as dried apricot. A truly amazing wine that will keep improving for many years to come.
$45. Special order