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Sauternes & Barsac

The Sauternes and Barsac appellations are located around 40km south of Bordeaux town, as an enclave of the Graves district. This famous sweet wine style relies primarily on the Semillon grape but small proportions of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle are also commonly used in the blend. In order for the desired Noble Rot (Botrytis Cinerea) to set in, the weather conditions in Autumn need to be just right; mild, humid and foggy but also neither too dry nor too rainy. While these specific conditions are more likely to occur in Sauternes and Barsac than anywhere else, it is nevertheless rare for producers to enjoy the perfect co-incidence of these conditions to such a degree that the ideal harmony occurs between sweetness, acidity, alcohol and flavour. When it does occur these rare wines can be very special indeed. Offering multi-layered complexity and nuance of flavour. They can also age very well, and if well-cellared a good Sauternes or Barsac can provide a delicious and ever-changing drinking experience over decades.

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