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In the southern part of the Bordeaux region, Barsac is famous for outstanding sweet wines such Chateau Climens and Chateau Coutet. Barsac is among the best dessert wines in the world.

In Barsac, wine growers have the choice to market their wine under the Barsac AOC or Sauternes AOC. It means that all Barsac wines could also be Sauternes wines while Sauternes wines cannot wear Barsac on their label.

Actually, Barsac and Sauternes vineyards are separated by the Ciron river. Barsac lays on the left bank of the river. Local climate could explain the high quality of the wine in Barsac. Every morning a mist covers the vines while sun exposure during the day is particularly high for the Bordeaux region. The association of the two leads to proper development of Botrytis fungus, a noble rot that gives very high concentration of sugar, essential for sweet white wine.

Barsac is maybe a little bit less liquorous and more fruity than Sauternes.

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Barsac wine information :


Crus Classés de Sauternes
Appellation Barsac Controlée
or Appellation Sauternes Controlée

Location: 50 km (31 miles) south-east of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne river
Places: Barsac
Soil: Gravels, red sand
Size: 830 ha (2,050 acres)
Production: 1.8 million bottles
Grapes: Sauvignon
Type of wine: Powerful fruity sweet white wine
Age: more than 50 years
2003, 2001, 1997, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1983, 1976, 1961
Aromas: Honey
Dried fig
Barsac and Food: Foie Gras

Barsac and Cheese:


Bleu d'Auvergne
Fourme d'Ambert

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