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Sauternes
Wine region
Type Appellation d'origine contrôlée
Year established 1936
Country France
Part of Bordeaux wine
Sub-regions Sauternes
Climate region Oceanic climate
Total area 1,735 hectares
Varietals produced Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Muscadelle
Wine produced 34,260 hectolitres

Sauternes is an AOC for dessert wine (French: blanc d'or) made in the commune of Sauternes imbedded in the Bordeaux wine region of Graves on the Left Bank of Dordogne in the south west of France. Vineyards are located kilometers to the south of Bordeaux. The area covers 1,735 hectares, annually producing on average 34,260 hectolitres of wine.

Wine[edit]

The grape varieties of Sauternes are Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.

Soils are gravelly.[1]

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Barsac[edit]

Barsac
Wine region
Type Appellation d'origine contrôlée
Year established 1936
Country France
Part of Bordeaux wine
Sub-regions Sauternes
Climate region Oceanic climate
Total area 539 hectares
Varietals produced Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Muscadelle
Wine produced 11,800 hectolitres

Barsac is

ca. 25 miles south east of Bordeaux of Sauternes, in an area of 539 hectares producing 11,800 hectolitres

10 of the estates in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 are located within the Barsac appellation, 2 of the first growths Coutet and Climens, and 8 second growths.


Both a "Sauternes" and a place name of its own. Barsacs tend to be lighter, more fruity and develop more quickly.[5]


As opposed to the more hilly geography of Sauternes, the Barsac section is flat, more chalky and less stony than its neighbour. During the great frost of 1956, Barsac's losses were far more heavy than those of Sauternes.

Cérons[edit]

Cérons
Wine region
Type Appellation d'origine contrôlée
Year established 1936
Country France
Part of Bordeaux wine
Sub-regions Sauternes
Climate region Oceanic climate
Total area 41 hectares
Varietals produced Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Muscadelle
Wine produced hectolitres

Cérons is of Sauternes, in a declared area of 41 hectares.

Cérons, Illats and Podensac.[4]


Typically less sweet than Sauternes.[6]


Much of the production within the borders of the appellation is destined for dry white wine, declared under the appelations Graves blanc or Graves supérieures.[7]


Château de Cérons.


Estates[edit]

Premier Cru Supérieur
Château d'Yquem
Premiers crus
Château La Tour Blanche Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey   Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey  
Château de Rayne-Vigneau   Château Suduiraut Château Coutet
Château Climens Château Guiraud Château Rieussec
Château Rabaud-Promis Château Sigalas-Rabaud
Seconds crus
Château de Myrat Château Doisy Daëne Château Doisy-Dubroca
Château Doisy-Védrines Château d'Arche Château Filhot
Château Broustet Château Nairac Château Caillou
Château Suau Château de Malle Château Romer
Château Romer du Hayot Château Lamothe Château Lamothe-Guignard
Unclassified
Château de Fargues Château Gilette Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sources[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Lichine, Alexis (1967). Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits. London: Cassell & Company Ltd. pp. p.484–487. 
  2. ^ Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. pp. p.564–574. ISBN 1-84000-927-6. 
  3. ^ winemega.com. "Sauternes and Barsac". 
  4. ^ a b Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Sauternes & Barsac". 
  5. ^ Lichine, Alexis (1967). Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits. London: Cassell & Company Ltd. pp. p.120. 
  6. ^ Lichine, Alexis (1967). Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits. London: Cassell & Company Ltd. pp. p.172. 
  7. ^ Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. pp. p.615–616. 

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