In wine cellars in the region and in supermarkets. Enjoy a tasting at CIVB wine bar in Bordeaux
The large variety of soils and subsoils in the Sauternes appellation gives a particular character to each of the wines from the five communes of which it is comprised and even each vintage and ch¢teau. But most importantly it is this region’s natural environment and special micro-climate, highlighted by Bacchus which gives these wines their marvellous translucent gold colour, their wonderful honey, acacia and lime aromas and sweetness. This extraordinary nectar makes Sauternes more than just a wine. It is more of a liqueur, an essence only comparable to other wines in Sauternes.
Legend has it that Sauternes wines first came about following the late return of an owner to his property to discover his grapes had over-ripened. He then tried to process the wine late and discovered that the botrytis (also known as noble rot) added some very particular aromas to the wine. The appellation, set on the banks of the Garonne river, covers almost 2,000 hectares on clay-limestone soils covered with gravel. It is the proximity to the river that provides the humidity necessary for the botrytis to develop. Sauternes wines have very fruity and sweet aromas and today, enjoy worldwide recognition. Excellent served chilled as an aperitif with foie gras or at the end of a meal.
Attached to the Sauternes appellation, the Barsac A.O.C. covers approximately 450 hectares and producing sweet white wines. Barsac wines share the same production restrictions as Sauternes and can bear both the Barsac A.O.C. and Sauternes A.O.C names. As in the Sauternes area, Barsac soils are clay-limestone and gravelly set on a less hilly terrain. This is why Barsac wines are rich and fruity in flavour and perfect to serve chilled as an aperitif.