Sauternes Wines

Sauternes Wines

The Sauternes Wine

The white wines of Bordeaux are sometimes sadly looked over, as the region is primarily known for their almost absurdly powerful and delicious reds. However, if you like a refreshing, sweet treat on a late summer evening or you wish to complete your journey through Bordeaux’s finest wines, you should not skip a Sauternes bottle or two. Made from a carefully balanced mixture of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grape varietals, this wine boasts an almost supernatural sweetness. This sugary nature can be attributed to the presence of noble rot that can cause the grapes to visually resemble raisins in a way.

We would completely understand if a single taste of fine Sauternes brought visible tears of joy to your eyes, as the flavor is just that magnificent. As you swirl the liquid gold in your mouth, an orchestral performance echoes on, with a grounding double bass of honey and the sharpness and acidity of a passionate violin solo. Notes of peach, apricot and nut punctuate the experience, sending you sky-high with inspiration and pure, emotional bliss.

If you’re looking for a place to start exploring Sauternes, allow us to point the way. It is our raison d'être to point you towards the most awe-inspiring, glorious wines this region has to offer, and if you’ve ever doubted the untouchable prestige of Bordeaux, those doubts will be swiftly quaffed under a torrential avalanche of flavor and emotion. Let us open the door to a whole new world together.
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  1. 1967 climens Dessert White
    1967 Climens
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $705.00
  2. 1967 d'yquem Dessert White
    1967 d'Yquem
    100
    WS
    From one of the 20th century's celebrated vintages for Yquem, this bottle stands up to all the hype--unforgettable for its purity, elegance, harmony, its 'total' everything. Powerf..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,935.00
  3. 1981 d'yquem Dessert White
    1981 d'Yquem
    90
    RP
    The 1981 is certainly an outstanding Yquem, but it will not be considered one of this property's greatest efforts. Light golden, with a moderately intense bouquet of spicy, vanilli..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  4. 1982 d'Yquem
    1982 d'Yquem
    92
    RP-NM
    Served from an ex-chateau bottle. Sauternes only produced two exceptional wines in 1982: Suduiraut and Yquem. Although I have encountered the 1982 Chateau d’Yquem on three oc..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  5. 1983 climens Dessert White
    1983 Climens
    95
    WS
    Beautifully crafted, plump, very long and complex. Medium gold, lush and si lky, with lemon, fig, apricot, pear, and a particualrly elegant balance of acidity, fruit and wood. Powe..." Learn More
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    As low as $85.00
  6. 1983 d'yquem Dessert White
    1983 d'Yquem
    97
    WS
    Utterly magnificent, a very great wine, certainly the best Yquem since 1975 . Every sip brings out another set of nuances, and the aftertaste goes on forever. Deep gold, unbelievab..." Learn More
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    As low as $439.00
  7. 1983 guiraud Dessert White
    1983 Guiraud
    90
    RP-NM
    Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 1983 was the opening of a new chapter at Guiraud since it was the first vintage under proprietor Xavier Planty. Now at three d..." Learn More
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    As low as $85.00
  8. 1986 climens Dessert White
    1986 Climens
    96
    RP
    A totally compelling Climens and every bit as good as the 1988. It is probably the best Climens made since their spectacular 1971. Still light gold in color, it has an expansive bo..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  9. 1986 d'yquem Dessert White
    1986 d'Yquem
    98
    RP
    There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem. The remarkable amount of painstaking labor nece..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  10. 1988 d'yquem Dessert White
    1988 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    The 1988 is a backward-styled Yquem, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses ful..." Learn More
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    As low as $505.00
  11. 1988 guiraud Dessert White
    1988 Guiraud
    91
    WS
    Medium-gold color, with aromas of lemon tart, curd, piecrust and honey. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with bright acidity and a long, exciting finish. Balanced and refined.—'88/..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $80.00
  12. 1989 climens Dessert White
    1989 Climens
    94
    VM
    The 1989 Climens retains its glorious bouquet of copious scents of dried honey, saffron, barley sugar and gingerbread - so vibrant and engaging. This feels as if it has more vim an..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  13. 1989 d'yquem Dessert White
    1989 d'Yquem
    100
    DEC
    This took home the audience award at the 67 Pall Mall tasting that I was hosting, with good reason. What a brilliant example of why Sauternes should be left to gather nuance and to..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  14. 1990 climens Dessert White
    1990 Climens
    95
    RP
    The 1990 continues to develop exceptionally well (better than I thought), and now looks to be a worthy rival of the dazzling 1988. The superb aromatics (pineapple, acacia, vanilla,..." Learn More
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    As low as $150.00
  15. 1990 coutet Dessert White
    1990 Coutet
    93
    RP
    The 1990 Coutet is pale amber in color with lovely roasted nuts, crème caramel and preserved mandarin peel notes with hints of burnt toast, sandalwood, and lemon tart. The p..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.95
  16. 1990 d'yquem Dessert White
    1990 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    1990: An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is acco..." Learn More
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    As low as $399.00
  17. 1996 coutet Dessert White
    1996 Coutet
    91
    VM
    Healthy pale color. Ethereal, highly complex nose combines floral and herbal scents with notes of pineapple, marzipan, mint and spicy oak. Moderately viscous, sweet and shapely; co..." Learn More
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    As low as $40.00
  18. 1996 d'yquem Dessert White
    1996 d'Yquem
    96
    WS
    This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear..." Learn More
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    As low as $180.00
  19. 1996 rieussec Dessert White
    1996 Rieussec
    90
    VM
    Straw-gold. Marzipan, honey and toasted hazelnut on the nose. Moderately viscous and currently rather oaky. Has an impressively chewy texture but is not yet displaying its personal..." Learn More
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    As low as $69.95
  20. 1997 climens Dessert White
    1997 Climens
    94
    RP
    Consistently one of the most profound wines of Barsac/Sauternes, this wine, made from 100% Semillon, is one of the most ravishing examples of just how much elegance can be built in..." Learn More
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    As low as $90.00
  21. 1999 d'Yquem
    1999 d'Yquem
    94
    WS
    The 1999 was particularly impressive for the vintage. It was superbly focused and beautiful on the nose, with sugared lemons, tropical fruit and maple syrup character. Full-bodied ..." Learn More
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    As low as $180.00
  22. 2001 climens Dessert White
    2001 Climens
    100
    RP
    A prodigious offering, the 2001 Climens’ light medium bold color with a greenish hue is followed by ethereal aromas of tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), honeysuckle, and..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  23. 2001 coutet Dessert White
    2001 Coutet
    93+
    VM
    Subdued but pure aromas of mirabelle, peach, pear and pineapple; hints at a roasted botrytis ripeness. Then fat and rich in the mouth, with a captivating flavor of roasted peach. I..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.95
  24. 2001 guiraud Dessert White
    2001 Guiraud
    96
    WS
    Golden yellow. Butterscotch and vanilla, with hints of ripe apples. Full-bodied, with lots of sweetness and a spicy apricot and honey aftertaste. Excellent concentration and balanc..." Learn More
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    As low as $74.95
  25. 2001 nairac Dessert White
    2001 Nairac
    95-98
    WS
    Intensely botrytised, with loads of allspice and mineral character, yet lively and exciting. Full-bodied, racy and very long. Fresh sweetness.Wine Spectator | 95-98 WSThe Châ..." Learn More
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    As low as $70.00
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