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
1996 Liot $405
2005 Arche $445
2005 Clos Haut Peyraguey $685
2005 Clos Haut Peyraguey $485
2018 Myrat $455
2005 Carmes Rieussec $485
2018 Carmes Rieussec $470
2005 Romer Hayot $695
1988 Rabaud Promis $730
2001 Lafaurie Peyraguey $745
2007 Lafaurie Peyraguey $760
2009 Lafaurie Peyraguey $765
2001 Arche Lafaurie Cuvee Madame $855
1988 Fargues $1,250
2005 Fargues $1,465
2007 Fargues $1,405
2009 Fargues $1,225
2010 Fargues $1,345
2005 Fargues $1,345
2010 Fargues $700
2009 Y De Yquem $1,710
2013 Y De Yquem $1,305
2014 Y De Yquem $1,150
2018 Y De Yquem $2,150
2015 Y De Yquem $1,875
2004 Extravagant Doisy Daene $1,045
2005 Extravagant Doisy Daene $2,250
2007 Extravagant Doisy Daene $3,910
2009 Extravagant Doisy Daene $6,770
1996 Raymond Lafon $605
1997 Raymond Lafon $645
2005 Raymond Lafon $905
2013 Sigalas Rabaud $705
1990 Malle $605
2005 Malle $700
1990 Bastor Lamontagne $745
1983 Guiraud $800
1988 Guiraud $730
1995 Guiraud $655
1997 Guiraud $725
2001 Guiraud $805
2005 Guiraud $685
1990 Suduiraut $1,045
2001 Suduiraut $870
2003 Suduiraut $865
2009 Suduiraut $870
2013 Suduiraut $985
2015 Suduiraut $835
2005 Suduiraut $855
2010 Suduiraut $765
2018 Suduiraut $835
1983 Tour Blanche $1,000
1997 Tour Blanche $665
2001 Tour Blanche $1,490
2005 Tour Blanche $805
2005 Tour Blanche $505
1990 Rayne Vigneau $725
2005 Rayne Vigneau $465
2010 Rayne Vigneau $705
2014 Rayne Vigneau $725
1985 Filhot $785
1988 Filhot $745
2001 Filhot $685
2016 Petit Vedrines $460
2009 Cantegril $405
2009 Coutet Cuvee Madame $4,900
2001 Doisy Vedrines $685
2005 Doisy Vedrines $505
2009 Doisy Vedrines $505
1997 Nairac $690
2001 Nairac $755
2003 Nairac $565
2005 Nairac $710
2007 Nairac $1,070
2009 Nairac $695
2011 Nairac $645
2011 Nairac $605
1996 Doisy Daene $605
2005 Doisy Daene $735
2007 Doisy Daene $525
2008 Doisy Daene $605
2016 Doisy Daene $665
1988 Coutet $695
1994 Coutet $485
1996 Coutet $605
2003 Coutet $495
2005 Coutet $735
2006 Coutet $805
2010 Coutet $755
2011 Coutet $460
2012 Coutet $645
2014 Coutet $580
2018 Coutet $495
1989 Rieussec $1,225
1990 Rieussec $905
1998 Rieussec $690
2000 Rieussec $725
2001 Rieussec $2,425
2002 Rieussec $745
2003 Rieussec $745
2008 Rieussec $745
2014 Rieussec $735
2016 Rieussec $910
2017 Rieussec $845
1983 Yquem $5,295
1986 Yquem $4,475
1990 Yquem $5,125
1995 Yquem $3,410
1997 Yquem $3,925
1998 Yquem $3,745
1999 Yquem $3,940
2001 Yquem $3,340
2002 Yquem $2,305
2003 Yquem $4,585
2006 Yquem $6,055
2007 Yquem $3,585
2008 Yquem $3,095
2009 Yquem $2,930
2010 Yquem $4,455
2011 Yquem $3,925
2014 Yquem $4,070
2015 Yquem $4,560
2016 Yquem $5,160
2015 Yquem $1,185
2015 Yquem $5,160
2015 Yquem $4,885
2015 Yquem $2,280
2015 Yquem $2,200
2003 Yquem $3,625
2009 Yquem $2,840
1989 Yquem $4,480
1996 Yquem $3,665
2005 Yquem $3,725
2006 Yquem $3,565
1953 Climens $10,790
1967 Climens $6,515
1983 Climens $1,465
1989 Climens $2,305
2001 Climens $2,845
2005 Climens $1,105
2007 Climens $1,945
2009 Climens $1,130
2010 Climens $455
2011 Climens $1,010
2012 Climens $455
2013 Climens $825
2014 Climens $835
2015 Climens $965

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