La BORDEAUXTHÈQUE

Sweet white wines

Among Bordeaux's sweet white wines, the most prestigious appellations are Sauternes (1,735 hectares) and neighbouring Barsac (600 hectares) which are located on the left bank of the Garonne River about fourty kilometers south-west of Bordeaux. Sauternes AOC includes one Superior First Growth, eleven First Growths and ten Second Growths. Barsac AOC, to the north above the Ciron River includes two First Growths and eight Second Growths.

The vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Grus, Muscadelle and Semillon on hillocks of agglomerated gravel for the most famous wineries. These great sweet wines are made from late harvests in the Fall, in order to let the Botrytis cinerea produce noble rot on the grapes which increases their concentration of sugar. The grapes are then carefully selected either bunch by bunch and sometimes berry by berry.

Other sweet wines are produced under other appellations: Loupiac, Cérons, Cadillac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont.

Bordeaux sweet wines are marvelously smooth and have been famous for ages for their delicious aromas of candied citrus or quince.

Château d'Yquem
1er Cru Supérieur
Sauternes

Secret de Biac

Cadillac

Château Climens
1er Cru Classé
Barsac

Château Coutet
1er Cru Classé
Barsac

Château Guiraud
1er Cru Classé
Sauternes

Château Lafaurie Peyraguey
1er Cru Classé
Sauternes

Château La Tour Blanche
1er Cru Classé
Sauternes

Château Rayne Vigneau
1er Cru Classé
Sauternes

Château Rieussec
1er Cru Classé
Sauternes

Château Suduiraut
1er Cru Classé
Sauternes

Château Doisy-Daëne
2nd Cru Classé
Barsac

Carmes de Rieussec
2nd label of Château Rieussec
Sauternes