Wine Varietal

Sauternes
  • Pronounced
    (saw-TURN)
  • Appearance
    Golden yellow
  • Body Style
    Full-bodied
  • Flavors
    Apricots, peaches, vanilla, cream, caramel, honey and nectar
  • Major Source
    France (Sauternes appellation of the Bordeaux region)
  • Food Matches
    Blue Cheese
    Roquefort
    Stilton
Sauternes is a sweet and well balanced wine made primarily from the Semillon grape blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. The grapes undergo a change from developing botrytis cinerea (noble rot) which shrivels the grapes, concentrating the sugar and flavor, resulting in notes of honey and nectar. One of the finest Sauternes is Chateau d Yquem.