Sauternes, Graves

Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1980

The 1980 vintage in Sauternes was challenging to say the least but Chateau D’Yquem has crafted one of the shining stars of the vintage. Aromatically quite expressive, the Sauternes takes the lead with candied ginger, lychee, apricot and shades of bananas foster that all sing in unison. The palate comes off with an unusual combination of sweet and sour tones, with a strong vein of salinity that races through the core of quince, sour apricot, vanilla creme brûlée and roasted pineapple flavors. Texturally elegant, this is far less on the unctuous side of D’Yquem, but has a beautiful feeling of refinement, freshness and elegance. Still humming at the forty year mark, the 1980 D’Yquem will provide drinking enjoyment for at least another five to ten years. Drink 2020-2027- 94 — 10 days ago

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Château Lapinesse

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2014

Not cloying at all. Real energy and verve with this. Had a lot of fun drinking this with food. Unexpected! — 2 hours ago

Château Coutet

Sauternes-Barsac Sémillon Blend 2003

AHF
9.5

Deep gold. No heat, medium sweet, unctuous, delicious — 9 days ago

Chateau Suduirat

1er Cru Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2003

It has a sweet aroma like Shaoxing wine. It has a refreshing sweet taste when sipped.

Easy to match with food.
— 15 days ago

Château Guiraud

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2005

Candied pineapple, honeycomb, green apple skin, plump and round with some clove on the finish. — 6 days ago

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Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2006

Initially reticent and needing 30 minutes of air to fully express itself aromatically, the 2006 Chateau Rieussec opens with a lighter bouquet of butterscotch, buttered popcorn, mango and ginger undertones. The palate shows really good freshness and intensity with a good sense of minerality. Pineapple creme brulee, poached pear, bananas foster and nutmeg flavors complete this beautiful wine. The exceedingly long, finish lingers and rounds out this complete wine. What this doesn’t possess on the nose, exceeds expectations on the palate and finish, as this elegant wine is one of the great wines of this vintage. Enjoy this wonderful wine over the next two decades. Drink 2020-2035- 94 — 25 days ago

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Martin Sher

Martin Sher

Great note, thanks. Curious about the size? I’ve got a handful of the 375s.
Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Martin Sher This is marvelous right now but will have a long life ahead of it regardless of 375 or 750👌

Domaine de l'Alliance

"Définition" Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2018

Nose: apple, white peach, pears, citrus, bubble gum, jasmine, honeysuckle? I feel satisfied just taking whiffs of this one. On the palate, orange, passion fruit maybe. Nice weight and mid palate finish. — 16 days ago

Devin
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De Bortoli

Sauternes Botrytis Semillon 1982

Ron R
9.5

The color in the glass is a dead giveaway of the age of this sticky. Hints of charred oak and tobacco on the nose and palate, but overall, this is singing. Not overly sweet, but still presents a uncommon structure and density. — 19 days ago

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Laith A

Laith A

Wow! That looks amazing!
Bob McDonald

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@Ron R Yes Ron - Lakes Folly was legendary particularly when Dr Max Lake was making it. Such a good site even for the current winemaker I’m sure they still make great wine even though Max has passed. I met him once. He made a speech about pheromones in wine. A funny old bugger.
Clive McNish

Clive McNish

That looks great

Château Raymond-Lafon

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2009

Solid Sauternes. Rich golden colour. Ripe apricot and hint of pineapple palate. Full alcohol and rich with decent length of maybe 10 seconds. — 8 days ago

Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Rosé Blend 1995

French laundry@napa
Alex y nana
— 7 days ago

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