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. 1976 dyquem Dessert White
    1976 d'Yquem
    96
    RP
    The 1976 Yquem continues to go from strength to strength. Who can ignore the awesome bouquet of spices, honeyed fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, and overripe melons? This full..." Learn More
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    As low as $895.00
  2. 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 $125.00
  3. 1986 lafaurie peyraguey Dessert White
    1986 Lafaurie Peyraguey
    94
    JG
    (Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes)) In the US market, this was the first vintage of Lafaurie-Peyraguey that really caught the imagination of Bordeaux lovers and it was v..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  4. 1988 climens Dessert White
    1988 Climens
    96
    RP
    The 1988 reveals layer upon layer of honeyed pineapple-and orange-scented and -flavored fruit, vibrant acidity, high levels of botrytis, and a fabulously long, yet well-focused fin..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  5. 1988 dyquem 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 $299.00
  6. 1988 rieussec Dessert White
    1988 Rieussec
    95
    RP
    The 1988 is a great Rieussec. It is an utterly mind-blowing performance for the chateau, with a hauntingly perfect bouquet of honeyed fruit, vanillin, and spring flowers. The rich ..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  7. 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 $120.00
  8. 1989 dyquem Dessert White
    1989 d'Yquem
    99
    VM
    The 1989 Yquem is my favourite of the triumvirate and this bottle was stellar. It explodes from the glass with scents of quince, acacia, honeysuckle, saffron and wild heather (a tr..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  9. 1990 dyquem 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 $269.00
  10. 1996 climens Dessert White
    1996 Climens
    92
    JG
    (Château Climens (Barsac)) The 1996 Climens is a very lovely bottle of wine, but it can not quite match the complexity of a more heavily botrytized vintage such as 2005. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.00
  11. 1997 dyquem Dessert White
    1997 d'Yquem
    96
    RP
    A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is ac..." Learn More
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    As low as $360.00
  12. 1998 climens Dessert White
    1998 Climens
    91
    WS
    Plenty of dried apricots, with cream and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a tart tartine and vanilla cream aftertaste, with hints of tea. Drink now. 2,300 ca..." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  13. 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 $150.00
  14. 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 $60.00
  15. 2001 rieussec Dessert White
    2001 Rieussec
    100
    JS
    This is a crazy wine! It’s sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  16. 2001 suduiraut sauternes Dessert White
    2001 Suduiraut Sauternes
    98
    RP
    A prodigious effort, possibly the finest Suduiraut since 1959, the medium gold-colored 2001 offers notes of creme brulee, caramelized citrus, Grand Marnier, honeysuckle, and other ..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  17. 2003 climens Dessert White
    2003 Climens
    97
    RP
    No written review provided | 97 RPLoads of honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and spice. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a refined, spicy character. Pretty wine. Masses of botrytis...." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  18. 2003 doisy daene cuvee lextravagance Dessert White
    2003 Doisy Daene Cuvee L'Extravagance
    99
    RP
    No written review provided | 99 RPDoesn't give much on the nose, with subtle lemon, honey, tangerine and apricot. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a long finish. Thick and compacte..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  19. 2003 raymond lafon sauternes Dessert White
    2003 Raymond Lafon Sauternes
    93-95
    RP
    Space limitations preclude including tasting notes. 2003 is a rich, sweet vintage of powerful, full-bodied wines that possess huge levels of glycerin, alcohol, and residual sugar.R..." Learn More
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    As low as $110.00
  20. 2003 rieussec Dessert White
    2003 Rieussec
    97
    JS
    So rich and powerful with so much dried apricots and citrus aromas and flavors. Caramel and toffee. Full and very sweet. Amazing.James Suckling | 97 JSNo written review provided | ..." Learn More
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  21. 2005 climens Dessert White
    2005 Climens
    97
    RP
    No written review provided | 97 RPOpulent apricot nose. Plump and robust, with rich mandarin fruit. A long, spicy finish. Drinking Window 2012 - 2030.Decanter | 95 DECToffee, dried..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.99
  22. 2005 dyquem Dessert White
    2005 d'Yquem
    97
    RP
    The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2005 d'Yquem opens with a provocative, mineral and earth-tinged nose of chalk dust, wet pebbles and dried wild mushrooms over a core of warm a..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
  23. 2005 de fargues Dessert White
    2005 De Fargues
    96
    WS
    This is so creamy, almost milky in feel, with toasted coconut and cashew notes giving way to sweet peach, apricot and glazed pear flavors that glide along, while ginger, green tea,..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.95
  24. 2005 lafaurie peyraguey Dessert White
    2005 Lafaurie Peyraguey
    95
    JS
    This is powerful and racy with lots of class. Full body, very sweet with lots of spicy botrytis character. Intense. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 95 JSClassic Sauternes, treading ..." Learn More
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  25. 2005 rieussec Dessert White
    2005 Rieussec
    97
    RP-NM
    The 2005 Rieussec is a blend of 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle picked between 23 September and 27 October. It has a fabulous bouquet that is mineral-rich and te..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.95
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