Sauternes Barsac, Bordeaux

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If there is a name synonymous with the finest and most globally celebrated sweet wines, that name is Sauternes.  Based just over 60 kilometers south of the city of Bordeaux, this renowned village in the Graves district lends its moniker to some of the most expensive and, depending on the harvest, elusive dessert wines in the whole of Bordeaux.  Although all wines from this area are often called Sauternes, there are actually five separate communes: Sauternes itself, Barsac, Preignac, Bommes and Faurgues.  All carry the Sauternes appellation with the exception of Barsac, which has its choice of Sauternes or its own eponymous appellation. This distinction, in fact, makes sense, as Barsac wines have a reputation for being a bit fresher and lighter than the rich, almost creamy offerings hailing from Sauternes.

Aptly surrounded by vineyards, Sauternes is known for its dominant white grape varietal, Sémillon, which graces approximately 80% of the vines. Most of the remaining 10% is dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc, save for a few sections of Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle. Blessed with a maritime climate due to its proximity to Ciron, a cooler tributary of the warmer Garrone River, the mornings are damp and foggy, with days breaking into a dry, sunny warmth.  At the core of the climate’s impact is its ability to foster the unusual circumstances that define true Sauternes wines: the growth of Botrytis Cinerea mold, or as its known in the viniculture world, “Noble Rot.” The role of botrytis is what gives the wine its depth of flavor, its sweetness, and even its price tag. The misty mornings so common in Sauternes promote the mold’s development on the grape, while the warmth of the day helps keep it just enough at bay so as not to rot the fruit entirely.  And, because of its own power, the Sémillon grape can respond in kind. The result? The grapes, shriveled much like raisins, yield a densely sweet fruit that features a unique concentration of complex richness and flavor. Hints of blossom, peaches, apricots and plums are present, along with the signature attribute of botrytized wines, honeysuckle, giving the wine an unusual balance of acidity, strength and delicacy. Even the color of Sauternes wines has an almost royal elegance, originating as golden and developing into a rich, opulent and beautiful amber as it matures. 

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Sauternes Barsac Wine List

Vintage Wine Case Price
1989 Rieussec $1,420
1990 Rieussec $1,350
2001 Rieussec $1,925
2005 Rieussec $950
2008 Rieussec $750
2010 Rieussec $720
2016 Rieussec $950
2010 Rayne Vigneau $900
1989 Suduiraut Creme Tete $3,350
1989 Suduiraut Creme Tete $3,500
2001 Malle $820
1996 Doisy Vedrines $990
2001 Doisy Vedrines $890
2008 Coutet $960
2009 Coutet $840
2010 Coutet $810
2010 Sigalas Rabaud $780
2013 Sigalas Rabaud $900
1985 Filhot $960
1988 Filhot $950
1988 Lafaurie Peyraguey $1,100
2001 Lafaurie Peyraguey $970
1988 Guiraud $890
2001 Guiraud $990
2004 Guiraud $770
2011 Guiraud $990
2014 Guiraud $810
2006 Fargues $1,650
2007 Fargues $1,600
2009 Fargues $1,700
2010 Fargues $1,325
2009 Extravagant Doisy Daene $2,175
2001 Suduiraut $1,320
2005 Suduiraut $980
2009 Suduiraut $1,225
2010 Suduiraut $1,025
2015 Suduiraut $1,050
2016 Suduiraut $910
1983 Tour Blanche $1,225
1998 Tour Blanche $1,050
2009 Tour Blanche $880
1975 Yquem $13,350
1976 Yquem $13,350
1981 Yquem $6,325
1983 Yquem $6,500
1986 Yquem $4,400
1990 Yquem $4,375
1994 Yquem $4,200
1995 Yquem $3,325
1996 Yquem $1,750
1997 Yquem $3,550
1998 Yquem $3,325
2001 Yquem $3,925
2003 Yquem $3,800
2005 Yquem $3,600
2007 Yquem $9,850
2008 Yquem $1,525
2009 Yquem $5,350
2010 Yquem $4,275
2011 Yquem $1,975
2013 Yquem $2,100
2014 Yquem $4,575
2015 Yquem $4,900
2017 Yquem $2,800
2001 Yquem $11,350
2001 Yquem $7,825
1998 Yquem $1,675
1996 Yquem $3,450
1953 Climens $10,750
1967 Climens $6,550
1983 Climens $4,525
1986 Climens $2,300
1989 Climens $2,400
2001 Climens $1,600
2003 Climens $1,875
2005 Climens $1,275
2006 Climens $1,400
2007 Climens $1,350
2009 Climens $1,650
2010 Climens $1,225
2011 Climens $670
2012 Climens $930
2013 Climens $1,225
2015 Climens $1,075
2001 Climens $2,400
2007 Climens $2,325

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