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2010 Chateau du Grand Carretey, Sauternes, France

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Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $18   From: $17   To: $20

Price History for 2010 Chateau du Grand Carretey, Sauternes, France
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Grape Variety: Bordeaux Blend White

The white Bordeaux blend is perhaps one of the most overlooked categories of wine in the world today. Up until the 1960s, vineyards in Bordeaux were dominated by white grape varieties, namely Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. However, changing tastes and fashions, as well as improved winemaking techniques making red Bordeaux more affordable to the general public, consigned white Bordeaux to the sidelines.

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Region Hierarchy
  • Sauternes wine region

    Sauternes, 40 miles (65km) south of Bordeaux city, is a village famous for its high-quality sweet wines. Although some wineries here produce dry wines, they sell them under appellations other than the sweet-specific Sauternes appellation. The village 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.

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  • Graves wine region

    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

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