Introduction

By Paul Caputo

Sauternes, the highly prestigious sweet white wine, is produced 40km upstream of Bordeaux in a region nestling between the left bank of the Garonne river and the immense Landes forest. This noble area of about 2,200 hectares is divided among the villages of Sauternes, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Barsac. Although they can all properly claim the famous Sauternes appellation, producers in Barsac can choose between the Sauternes AOC and its sister appellation, Barsac AOC.