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Sauternes makes the world’s most famous dessert wines. Though the appellation lies within the Graves region of Bordeaux’s left bank, the appellation makes only sweet wines from white grapes, primarily Semillon sometimes blended with small amounts of Muscadelle. The five communes within Sauternes are Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes. Barsac also has its own appellation and, typically, Barsac wines are slightly drier and lighter than other Sauternes. Sauternes are made when weather conditions result in a mold called Botrytis cinerea developing on the grapes, which causes them to become especially sweet. Sauternes are not produced every vintage, so successful vintages become especially collectible. Sauternes estates were classified in 1855, and Château d’Yquem, the appellation’s most prestigious estate, was ranked in a class by itself as a Premier Grand Cru. Château d’Yquem wines are among the most prized wines in the world.

1927 Château Climens

Capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; light signs of past seepage; base neck fill; label condition issue; two cracks on rim of the punt

1970 Château Climens

Light capsule condition issue; low shoulder fill; heavy label condition issue

JR  17.5   

1980 Château Climens

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; top shoulder fill; label condition issue

RP  90   

1998 Château Climens

RP  91-95   
WS  87-90   

2013 Château Climens

Light label condition issue

WS  97   
WA  95   
JR  17.5   
WS  #4 of 2016   

1990 Château Coutet

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

DE  *****   

2003 Château Coutet


Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  95   
RP  92   
ST  92   

2003 Château Doisy Vedrines

Light label condition issue

ST  92   
RP  90   
JR  17   

2007 Château de Myrat

Light capsule condition issue

WS  96   
WA  92-94   
JR  15