Sauternes

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.

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

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