The Sauternes Château Guiteronde du Hayot It is a white French dessert wine, the vines of Sémillon (90%) - vigorous grapes - Sauvignon Blanc (9%) - a source of freshness - and Muscadelle (1%) - which gives the Sauternes its peculiar aromatic notes.
The Sémillon grape is little known by the general public but, being native to the Sauternes area, it is at least four centuries that has made an appearance in the wine culture of Bordeaux region. The high tolerance of Sémillon mold Botrytis cinerea, with a very thick skin, makes it ideal for the unusual grape processing Sauternes: Indeed, winemakers let the fungus Botrytis cinerea attacks their grapes, thereby making the skin permeable and evaporate the juices parts, deducting, however, the sugars that will increase in concentration.
Though legend has it that the origin of the production of Sauternes is the result of a fortunate coincidence, today nothing is left to chance. The harvest is delayed because the mold only attacks the ripe grapes and the harvest takes place in several steps to get the right concentration of sugars in the berries.
This gives you a Sauternes extremely balanced, with beautifully balanced acidity, the sweetness, perfect for pairing with foie gras and little white bread, or with blue cheeses, whose hot and spicy taste is moderated by the sweet wine.