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
2013 Y De Yquem $930
2014 Y De Yquem $1,090
2017 Y De Yquem $1,020
2016 Y De Yquem $1,875
2013 Y De Yquem $1,720
2011 Y De Yquem $1,390
2016 Y De Yquem $1,070
2018 Y De Yquem $1,540
2012 Y De Yquem $1,095
2015 Y De Yquem $2,440
2018 Y De Yquem $2,800
2018 Y De Yquem $2,545
2015 Y De Yquem $1,970
2000 Y De Yquem $1,410
2017 Y De Yquem $1,930
2008 Rieussec $840
2010 Rieussec $385
2010 Rieussec $745
2001 Rieussec $1,500
2005 Rieussec $735
1989 Rieussec $1,070
2016 Rieussec $460
1986 Rieussec $1,680
2016 Rieussec $685
1990 Rieussec $1,310
2010 Rieussec $1,330
2001 Rieussec $1,360
2005 Rieussec $1,110
2002 Rieussec $835
2017 Rieussec $1,120
2003 Rieussec $708
2002 Rieussec $720
2013 Rieussec $650
2009 Rieussec $725
1997 Rieussec $1,080
2009 Bordeaux Index, Sauternes $1,080
2009 Petit Guiraud $930
1997 Raymond Lafon $930
1999 Raymond Lafon $930
1995 Raymond Lafon $930
1996 Raymond Lafon $930
2000 Malle $1,010
1999 Malle $1,020
2001 Clos Haut Peyraguey $705
2007 Chartreuse Coutet $930
1990 Bastor Lamontagne $720
2010 Sigalas Rabaud $605
2009 Coutet Cuvee Madame $4,295
2005 Romer Hayot $1,050
1988 Rabaud Promis $925
2001 Arche Lafaurie Cuvee Madame $1,145
1985 Filhot $1,050
2001 Filhot $1,050
1988 Filhot $1,150
1989 Suduiraut Creme Tete $4,455
1989 Suduiraut Creme Tete $4,455
1995 Nairac $1,055
1997 Nairac $1,040
2007 Nairac $720
1988 Lafaurie Peyraguey $985
1988 Lafaurie Peyraguey $1,400
2000 Lafaurie Peyraguey $990
2005 Lafaurie Peyraguey $672
2007 Lafaurie Peyraguey $732
2001 Lafaurie Peyraguey $725
2008 Coutet $840
2009 Coutet $1,360
2001 Guiraud $840
1983 Guiraud $1,075
1997 Guiraud $1,090
1988 Guiraud $780
2009 Guiraud $1,370
2004 Guiraud $930
2009 Guiraud $720
2014 Guiraud $630
1995 Guiraud $1,010
2005 Guiraud $660
2011 Guiraud $765
2014 Rayne Vigneau $750
1997 Rayne Vigneau $660
2010 Rayne Vigneau $1,080
1990 Rayne Vigneau $1,110
2001 Doisy Daene $1,050
1998 Doisy Daene $1,105
2001 Doisy Daene $1,140
2006 Fargues $1,320
1988 Fargues $1,260
2010 Fargues $1,320
2007 Fargues $1,680
2009 Fargues $1,335
2010 Fargues $790
2011 Fargues $720
2005 Fargues $1,080
2005 Fargues $1,440
2007 Extravagant Doisy Daene $1,875
2005 Extravagant Doisy Daene $2,160
2007 Extravagant Doisy Daene $950
2005 Extravagant Doisy Daene $1,235
2009 Extravagant Doisy Daene $2,150
2009 Suduiraut $1,060
2001 Suduiraut $855
2015 Suduiraut $795
2018 Suduiraut $795
2015 Suduiraut $1,170
2001 Suduiraut $1,560
1990 Suduiraut $990
2008 Suduiraut $1,080
2013 Suduiraut $720
2016 Suduiraut $735
2013 Suduiraut $960
2015 Suduiraut $1,120
2017 Suduiraut $792
2010 Suduiraut $876
2005 Suduiraut $828
1983 Tour Blanche $950
2001 Tour Blanche $1,145
2010 Tour Blanche $1,045
1998 Tour Blanche $1,120
2009 Tour Blanche $816
1999 Tour Blanche $930
1996 Yquem $3,515
1997 Yquem $3,410
2014 Yquem $2,000
2010 Yquem $4,030
2015 Yquem $4,375
2007 Yquem $1,795
2011 Yquem $3,195
2009 Yquem $2,810
1990 Yquem $4,215
2001 Yquem $6,090
2011 Yquem $1,795
2001 Yquem $3,220
1997 Yquem $1,705
1995 Yquem $1,485
1996 Yquem $1,690
2017 Yquem $2,755
2003 Yquem $3,220
2008 Yquem $3,420
2007 Yquem $3,325
1995 Yquem $3,405
1998 Yquem $3,125
2005 Yquem $3,560
2014 Yquem $3,905
1983 Yquem $4,550
1988 Yquem $4,215
2006 Yquem $3,435
1989 Yquem $4,295
1986 Yquem $4,375
2004 Yquem $1,485
2015 Yquem $2,190
2010 Yquem $2,265
2009 Yquem $5,310
1975 Yquem $12,730
1976 Yquem $12,730
2016 Yquem $4,945
2017 Yquem $5,510
2015 Yquem $1,195
2004 Yquem $1,670
2011 Yquem $2,270
2006 Yquem $1,640
1998 Yquem $1,800
2002 Yquem $2,020
2007 Yquem $2,330
2014 Yquem $2,150
2016 Yquem $2,110
2015 Yquem $2,150
1999 Yquem $1,720
2009 Yquem $3,045
2001 Yquem $3,220
2011 Yquem $4,540
1998 Yquem $3,600
1999 Yquem $3,560
1996 Yquem $3,590
1989 Yquem $4,375
2015 Yquem $4,685
2016 Yquem $4,945
2017 Yquem $5,510
2017 Yquem $5,510
2006 Yquem $6,170
2001 Yquem $7,800
2007 Yquem $6,200
2007 Yquem $8,545
1987 Yquem $3,265
2005 Yquem $10,200
1982 Yquem $6,360
1981 Yquem $6,300
1999 Yquem $1,500
2006 Yquem $1,825
1994 Yquem $3,750
2009 Climens $1,200
1989 Climens $1,620
2007 Climens $1,320
1986 Climens $2,340
2001 Climens $2,390
2009 Climens $1,780
2001 Climens $1,235
1989 Climens $1,335
2005 Climens $1,010
2015 Climens $795
1995 Climens $1,155
2006 Climens $1,340
1983 Climens $4,515
2014 Climens $855
1953 Climens $10,740
2003 Climens $1,885
2013 Climens $1,200
1995 Climens $1,215
2005 Climens $1,320
1989 Climens $2,280
2007 Climens $2,295
2007 Climens $1,800
2003 Climens $1,615
2003 Climens $2,235
1983 Climens $1,910
1996 Climens $1,050
2004 Climens $1,000
2004 Climens $1,070
2003 Climens $900
2010 Climens $1,200
2012 Climens $805
2009 Climens $1,780
2013 Climens $790
2014 Climens $1,120

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