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Sauternes - (So-TAIRN)

Great French dessert wine from the Bordeaux district of the same name, made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes harvested late and usually affected by botrytis, which see above. The most famous (and expensive) rendition is Chateau d'Yquemm although there are many other excellent examples. Not to be confused with "Sauterne," a cheap sweet jug wine from the U.S. under a naming convention that has now, happily, almost entirely died out.

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