First Growth. Premier Cru Classe in 1855.
Search Rank 1237
Over all vintages, this was the 1237th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year. Search rank last month: 1113th
Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon is a classic blend of two white grape varieties, most famously produced in France and Australia. The blend is versatile and may be manipulated to produce exceptional sweet wines in Sauternes and Barsac, and dry wines from Bordeaux and Western Australia. Dry Sauvignon – Semillon wines are fresh in their youth, yet robust enough to age for up to ten years. Some of the more ... more
Sauternes, 40 miles (65km) south of Bordeaux city, is a village dedicated to the production of high-quality sweet wines. It is surrounded on all sides by vineyards, the best of which produce some of the world's most prestigious, long-lived and expensive dessert wines. A half-bottle of top-quality, aged Sauternes wine from a good vintage can command prices in excess of US$1000.
The classic Sauternes wine has an intense golden color (darker than most other dessert wines), which turns a deep amber as it ages in bottle. The aromas include blossom and stone fruit, with a hint of honeysuckle – the trademark of botrytized wines. The best wines balance sweetness with acidity, concentration with freshness, and power with elegance.
Graves is a wine district in France's Bordeaux region, characterized by the gravel soils (graves) after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux's sub-regions, Graves is respected as much for its red wines as for its whites. It is the only district producing Grand Cru wines of both colors, most notably the Premier Grand Cru chateaux Haut-Brion (dry red and dry wh ... more