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Sauternes: Five vintages to drink now

In order to make the most of the sumptuous delights of Sauternes, see which five vintages, at varying stages of maturity, are all good to open and enjoy now.

Sauternes is one of those wines that can be enjoyed young but in good vintages can age and evolve for decades. In the past, it wasn’t so accessible when young, often due to high doses of sulphur dioxide at bottling, which suppressed many of the wine’s characteristics, in particular its fruit.

Today, SO2 additions are more tightly regulated, and winemakers prefer to use the minimum in order to preserve the wine’s intrinsic freshness.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 10 great Sauternes to drink now


Even so, it’s usually worth giving a Sauternes at least five years in bottle before pulling the cork.


See tasting notes and scores for 10 great Sauternes to drink now

The recommended wines are listed in score order by descending vintage and were tasted between 2018 and 2021.


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