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Sauternes

Sauternes is a French dessert wine from the Sauternais, part of the Graves region of Bordeaux. Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavored wines. Sauternes is one of the few wine regions where infection with noble rot is a frequent occurrence, due to its climate. Even so, wine production varies greatly from vintage to vintage, depending on the amount of botrytis-affected grapes and their general condition and ripeness.