Sauternes appellation is reserved for white still wines, south west ( Yellow ) within the Bordeaux wine region as seen in our Bordeaux wine glass.
The geographical area of the appellation Sauternes is located about forty kilometers southeast of Bordeaux, located on the left bank of the Garonne. In 2010 the vineyards covered an area of over 2,200 hectares producing on average 41,000 hectoliters of wine by approximately 190 independent winegrowers.
The vines have a minimal planting density of 6,500 vines per hectare.
The classified wines Sauternes are still white wines with sugar residual. The characteristics of Sauternes wines are mainly due to the botrytis grapes.
When the wines are young, they are golden in colour and as they develop, scents of flowers and fruit are more present and their colour becomes amber. Each wine develop their own bouquet with powerful aromas of candied fruit, citrus and honey with great aromatic persistence. Wines are often very bold and creamy in the mouth, excellent when drunk and appreciated.
These wines are subject to a minimum rearing until the 15th June of the year following the harvest, after the rearing period wines are marketed to the consumer from the 30th June of the year following the harvest.
The grape harvest, wine making and development also ageing of wines are guaranteed in the territory of following communes of the department of Gironde.
Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes.
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