The Sauternes vineyard spans over 2000 hectares, in the south of Bordeaux. 240 winemakers work in the vines, making 6 millions bottles of wine per year. The soil there is a mix of sand, clay, limestone and silt. The Ciron river running through the vineyard plays a big role, since it facilitates the creation of for in the Fall. The fog then helps the growth of fungus, which clings to grapes and raises their sugar level. This creates a sweeter wine, with honeyed aromas.
Very strict rules dictate what the appellation Sauternes is: the production zone (limited to 5 communes), the type of grape used (Sauvignon, Sémillon or Muscadelle), the quantity produced (25 hectoliters per hectare maximum), the balance of alcohol and sugar, and having to pick the grapes by hand. Thanks to such a rigorous selection, Sauternes has become the most famous white wine in the world, making its entry into the 1855 Classification.
Pleasure Wine has decided to only offer you the most prestigious Sauternes: the Château d'Yquem.Read more