Sauternais

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A group of rare dessert wines from Bordeaux made with Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes infected with a special kind of rot called Botrytis cinerea that concentrates the grape sugars.

Dessert

Primary Flavors

  • Marmalade

  • Apricot

  • Quince

  • Honey

  • Ginger

Taste Profile

  • Body: Full
  • Sweetness: Very-Sweet
  • Tannin: Low/None
  • Acidity: Medium-High
  • Alcohol: 11.5–13.5% ABV

Handling

  • Serving Temp Cold (45–55°F)
  • Glass TypeDessert
  • Decant No
  • Ageability10+ years
  • Avg Price $37.00

Food Pairing

Excellent served with wash-rind soft cheeses where the sweetness in the wine counteracts the "funk" of the cheese. The most classic pairing is Roquefort.

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