Barton & Guestier Sauternes

Looking to impress those snooty inlaws, or perhaps the boss? Well, I have the wine for you!

I recently enjoyed a bottle of the Barton & Guestier 2010 Sauternes. Sauternes is a sweet wine from a region just south of the city of Bordeaux in France. Sauternes are white dessert wines that are produced thru a magical process called “noble rot” (Botrytis cinerea) where fungal growth causes the grapes to become partially raisined on the vine. This action concentrates the sugars in the grape nectar and results in a wine with a rich sweetness and nutty flavour.

Sauternes should be served chilled either as an aperitif or paired with rich desserts or perhaps sharp cheeses. We enjoyed the apricot and peachy notes of our Sauternes with a platter of cheeses (borgonzola & havarti with jalapeno) and shortbread. It definitely had the appropriate “snob” appeal.

Glenn N.