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 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
  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 $85.00
  3. 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
  4. 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 $90.00
  5. 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 $165.00
  6. 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 $550.00
  7. 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 $520.00
  8. 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 $215.00
  9. 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 $559.00
  10. 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
  11. 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 $520.00
  12. 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
  13. 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 $369.00
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 2001 d'yquem Dessert White
    2001 d'Yquem
    100
    JS
    What a pure wine, with honey, caramel, cooked apple, bon bon, and pear tart. Dried apricots and peaches develop with time in the glass. What a palate, it is very sweet and rich at ..." Learn More
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    As low as $390.00
  17. 2001 la tour blanche Dessert White
    2001 La Tour Blanche
    97
    RP
    La Tour Blanche’s spectacular 2001 boasts a light to medium gold color as well as a big, exotic nose of tropical fruits, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and creme brulee. In t..." Learn More
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    As low as $110.00
  18. 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 $75.00
  19. 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 $75.99
  20. 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 $99.00
  21. 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 $44.95
  22. 2003 doisy daene cuvee l'extravagance Dessert White
    2003 Doisy Daene Cuvee L'Extravagance
    96-99
    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 $235.00
  23. 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 $115.00
  24. 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 $110.00
  25. 2005 guiraud Dessert White
    2005 Guiraud
    97
    JS
    This appears to be the synthesis of the fabulous 2001 and 2003. It shows wonderful aromas of botrytis spice, honey and citrus rind. Lots of fruit with a tropical fruit undertone of..." Learn More
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