Sauternes Wine Region Guide

Sauternes: Embracing Tradition, Crafting the Future. Discover the Golden Essence of Bordeaux


Last updated: June 10, 2024


Sauternes has been in a quandary of late. This iconic Bordeaux district of five villages (including Barsac) produces France’s greatest sweet wine: luscious, aromatic, complex, and very long-lived. Yet it remains underappreciated – and undervalued – as consumers eschew dessert wine styles for the refreshing kick of bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc.

Fortunately, the Sauternais are a pragmatic bunch: almost every major property from Château Doisy Daene to Château d’Yquem now markets a Bordeaux Blanc Sec. The region has also witnessed a resurgence in upmarket tourism, with newly built luxury hotels and Michelin restaurants catering to an international jet set with money to burn.

Meanwhile, even the finest labels continue to be of good value, and Sauternes is racking up exceptional vintage after exceptional vintage. Someone has to drink and appreciate these rich-textured, flower-scented, glittering bottles of liquid gold.


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