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Sauternes and Barsac

Sauternes is known for its intensely sweet, white desert wines. The proximity of this region to the Ciron river results in a mist that descends on the grapes and promotes the use of Botrytis cinerea, a fungus commonly known as Noble Rot, to desiccate the grapes one-by-one and concentrate the sugars inside the berries. The three main grapes of this area are Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Production of wine in this way can be expensive and yields are much lower than most of the other Bordeax regions.

Some notable estates of the region include:

  • Chateau d'Yquem
  • Chateau Climens
  • Chateau Coutet
  • La Tour Blanche
  • Suduiraut
  • Rieussec
  • Doisy Vedrines
  • Doisy Daene
  • Filhot