Bordeaux is rightly famous for the great sweet white wines of Sauternes and Barsac. These standalongside trockenbeerenauslese from Germany, Hungarian Tokaji and Tuscany’s vin santo as some of the finest and most delectable wines available.
And yet making a sweet white wine is not for the faint-hearted. Minimal yields and uncertainty about the prospects for viability every year combine with high costs of production. Add to the equation the weak demand for sweet wines, and it’s a wonder that any is produced at all.