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Sweet, so-called dessert, wines are made in a number of Bordeaux’s appellations, the best known of which are Sauternes and Barsac, which lie south of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne. The wines are generally semillon based, sometimes with sauvignon blanc, and are golden in colour, becoming deeper with age.
When conditions are right (morning mists followed by sunshine, ideally with a light breeze to dry the fruit) the grapes are affected by noble rot, botrytis cinerea, which adds a honeyed, more complex flavour to the otherwise healthily overripe grapes. These are classic pudding wines but also complement the salty, tangy flavour of Roquefort and the unctuous, rich texture of foie gras extraordinarily well.
These are wines that keep well for a few days once opened in the refrigerator but The Society also offers a good choice of half bottles – a useful size at the end of a meal.
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This property has been in the Dubourdieu family for three generations, Denis assuming control at the age of 51. The blend is 95% semillon and 5% sauvignon. He describes as good without being grandiose. Honeyed, perfumed
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Top notch, luscious Sauternes from the Dubourdieus in a ripe, seductive vintage.
A little more delicate in the 2010 vintage but none the less good for that. A perfectly poised wine of absolute purity – the Dubourdieu hallmark.
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Delicious fruity and thoroughly satisfying sweet white. A benchmark Sauternes from the Dubourdieu family that makes a wonderful accompaniment to Roquefort, as well as fruit desserts.
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