The country of Sauternes is situated on the left bank of the Garonne in about forty kilometers in the South of Bordeaux. This vineyard is bounded in the East by the valley of the Garonne, by the West by that of Ciron, and finally by the coniferous pines of Landes which extend at first in the East and continue in the South and form an unbridgeable barrier.
Sauternes the date of birth of which remains difficult to fix exactly is nevertheless ancient because we find tracks in the XVIIIth century. However it is spread especially in the XIXth century, in particular in the domains of the family of Lur-Saluces, owner of rather numerous vineyards, in particular Yquem. Fast this fabulous wine was appreciated all over the world in particular with the princely and royal yards of Europe, England and Russia mainly.
The argilo ground silico-calcareous give to every wine its particular character. This country benefits from a generative microclimate in autumn, from morning fogs in which quickly follow one another a warm sun.
This alternation, the humidity of the fog and the sun favors on the grape the development of Botrytis Cynerea: the "noble rot" which has the property to concentrate the sugar of the bay of grape.
These wines arise from several vines: Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle.
The naming covers 2 200 hectares on the municipalities of Sauternes, Bommes, Fargues de Langon, Preignac and Barsac.
Le classement de 1855 a répertorié 27 Crus Classés :
Premier Cru Supérieur :
Premiers Crus Classés :
Château Lafaurie Peyraguey
Château de Rayne-Vigneau
Seconds Crus Classés :
Château Romer du Hayot