Sauternes

Found in the Graves region of Bordeaux, the appellation of Sauternes is synonymous with top quality, fine sweet wines that command high prices, and can age for decades. A classic sweet sauternes is often a deep gold colour, and darkens with lengthy ageing. Sauternes is made from white grapes (often Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc) that have been affected by a unique fungi called ‘Botrytis’, though it is also commonly referred to as ‘Noble Rot’. This fungi is very useful, as it reduces the water content inside the grape and naturally concentrates its sugars. As a result, when winemaking occurs the sugar content is very high and results in luscious, sticky sweet wines. Sauternes is expensive to make, which means it often commands a high price tag. However, that iconic flavour combination of marmalade, orange blossom, honey, beeswax and truffle, is entirely worth every penny.

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