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Sauternes

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.

1988 Château d'Yquem

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

RP  99   
JR  19.5   
WS  94   

2015 Château d'Yquem

WA  100   
JS  99   
WS  98   
4 available
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2015 Château d'Yquem

WA  100   
JS  99   
WS  98   
2 available
Bid *

2016 Château d'Yquem

375ml

Light capsule condition issue

JS  99   
JD  99   
WA  98+    
WS  94   
VN  93+    
JR  18   

1959 Château Rieussec

Capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

MB  ****   

1971 Château Rieussec

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

2 available
Bid *

1975 Château Rieussec

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

RP  90   
MB  ****   
2 available
Bid *

1975 Château Rieussec

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

RP  90   
MB  ****   

1996 Château Rieussec

Light capsule condition issue

JR  18.5   
ST  90   

2001 Château Rieussec

375ml

Light label condition issue

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  99   
ST  95   
WA  93   
JR  18.5   
WS  #1 of 2004   

2001 Château Rieussec

375ml

Light label condition issue

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  99   
ST  95   
WA  93   
JR  18.5   
WS  #1 of 2004   

2001 Château Rieussec

Very top shoulder fill

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  99   
ST  95   
WA  93   
JR  18.5   
WS  #1 of 2004   
7 available
Bid *

2001 Château Rieussec

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  99   
ST  95   
WA  93   
JR  18.5   
WS  #1 of 2004   
4 available
Bid *

2001 Château Rieussec

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  99   
ST  95   
WA  93   
JR  18.5   
WS  #1 of 2004   
2 available
Bid *

2001 Château Rieussec

Light label condition issue

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  99   
ST  95   
WA  93   
JR  18.5   
WS  #1 of 2004   

2002 Château Rieussec

Base neck fill

RP  92-94   
WS  92   
ST  92+    
10 available
Bid *

2003 Château Rieussec

375ml

RP  96   
WS  95   
ST  92-95   
JR  17   

2007 Château Rieussec

375ml

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WA  93   
WS  93-96   
ST  90-93   
JR  17   

2007 Château Rieussec

375ml

Light label condition issue

WA  93   
WS  93-96   
ST  90-93   
JR  17   

2007 Château Rieussec

375ml

WA  93   
WS  93-96   
ST  90-93   
JR  17   

2007 Château Coutet

WA  94   

2001 Château Suduiraut

RP  98   
WS  98   
ST  95   
WA  94   
JR  17   
WS  #9 of 2004   

2007 Château Suduiraut

VN  95   
WA  93   
2 available
Bid *

2009 Château Suduiraut

375ml

WA  98   
VN  98   
WS  96   
JS  96   
JR  18.5   

1962 Château Guiraud

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue