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What is Sauternes Wine?

Sauternes is best known as a sweet wine that many people classify as a dessert wine. Sauternes is one of those wines that everyone needs to try at some point. In this guide, we discuss what Sauternes wine is, including where it came from, what it tastes like, and what to pair it with. If this sounds good to you, keep on reading.

A Brief History of Sauternes Wine

Sauternes is an Old World wine that originated in the 17th century. This white wine comes from the Graces area of Bordeaux, France, and primarily uses Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes. Believe it or not, the great taste of this wine stems from something called Noble rot, which is a fungus that shrivels grapes and intensifies the sweetness. Most Sauternes are aged for as little as five years and as many as 40 years or more.

What Does Sauternes Wine Taste Like?

Since we mentioned sauternes is often a dessert wine, you’re probably curious what it tastes like. This full-bodied wine features powerful notes of apricot, honey, butterscotch, caramel, ginger, honeysuckle, and more. These notes alone should explain why Sauternes is arguably a dessert. To get the best flavor and aroma, this wine is best served chilled—generally between 42–50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sauternes Food Pairing

One of the best ways to have the full wine experience is by pairing it with food. Because Sauternes is a sweet wine, it pairs great with soft cheeses, such as blue cheese and Epoisses. It also pairs well with foie gras, duck, shellfish, creamy desserts, and more.

If you’re ready to give this delicious beverage a try, we’ve got you covered. Wines ‘Til Sold Out offers an expansive selection of wines—including Sauternes. Whether you’re looking for a bottle or two for yourself or as a gift, we can help. If you have any questions or need help choosing a bottle, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help!