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When to drink a Sauternes wine

 TAGS:The matching of Sauternes wines opens the door for us to endless culinary possibilities. We cannot forget that many of them will invariably send us to the French fine cuisine, because this wine has classically been considered as the perfect pair for typical French food like foie gras or blue cheeses like Roquefort, which precisely share with it geographic origins.

Before proceeding with Sauternes best pairing, note that it is important not to confuse it with Sauterne wine, because while the former is a sweet wine from Europe with French roots, the second is a quite fresh Californian which lacks those honeyed notes that make the first such special wine.

The sweetness comes not so much due to the type of grapes used in its production, which are usually Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle, the most common in the region of Bordeaux, but to the state they must be found to be suitable for this wine: moldy.

As the French say, is not any mold, is a renowned and reputable putrefaction “pourriture noble“, for which grapes need to be under accurate weather conditions in order to reach the necessary point. Vineyards location have the key, since they are placed in a very wet spot during day and night, which are the rivers Garonne and Ciron banks.

Sauternes is an ideal wine to accompany desserts or cheese after a meal. However, its use has spread to all menu items as recently it is proving very successful going with some starters or salads, it could also go with some braised vegetable dishes, as long as it?s made sure that the artichokes are present to counteract the sweet notes coming from the Sauternes with their bitterness.

It does not go well with fish or seafood, although it could for sure accompany poultry, particularly duck, however, its combination with cheese is where it’s love at first sight emerges. The spicy cheeses, the strong flavour ones are best match with the taste that a sip of Sauternes leaves. Stopping is difficult once you get started.

For those beginning in this exceptional sweet wine consumption a couple of tips: it has to be served chilled and, in order to succeed, you should debut with a prestigious brand so you can try it with all its quality and fullness of flavour and aroma, such as Château de Rolland, Sauternes Baron Philippe de Rotschild or Chateau Liot Barsac. Vintages are also important and so our choice in this respect should go for the 2001, 2003 or 1997, followed by the 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1995. You cannot miss it.

And If you don’t want to miss it, here you can get 2 of the best Sauternes wines:

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Château d’Yquem, best from Sauternes. Words are not enough.

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 TAGS:Château Doisy Daene Blanc 2003Château Doisy Daene Blanc 2003

A Sauternes with a great QPR.

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Barsac, French excellence

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It’s no secret that some of the most celebrated wine specialties are produced in the Bordeaux region. This is the case of the Barsac wine, a delight for your senses, made in white grape calcareous soils.

Among the specialties that comprise it highlights the Sémillon grape giving smoky hints, and Sauvignon Blanc, very fresh. We also found the variety of Muscadelle, with aromas of spices. The result is a wine of superb quality, among which are located world’s best. Being a young wine, it’s fruity and smooth, and eventually takes a peculiar personality with a smashing taste.

How does it smell? Its infinity of flavors transmits us fruit, citrus, vanilla or quince. The sweet and sour mix gives us a world of different flavors.

In the mouth, the sweet touch derived from white grapes is what is most striking. Because we have to keep in mind that this area it’s flatter than others in the neighboring region, and gives us smoother wines than the famous Sauternes region, where we also found very important wines.

Fresh, full-bodied, flavored like various fruits, is ideal as an aperitif, with all kinds of cheeses, especially Roquefort, or with foie. With the first, we recommend pairing the Barsac wine with fish like sole with sauce. It is also worth trying with chicken and flavorful meats.

Our recommendations:

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100% semillon grapes, fine and soft on the palate and should be served cold. We recommend it in summer in a terrace by the sea.

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 TAGS:Château Broustet Blanc 2003Château Broustet Blanc 2003

One of the most affordable of this appellation A white bodied wine with tradition, exported around the world. Much better in appetizers, to continue with a red.

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