Everyday Bordeaux: Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey Sauternes
Vintage: 2009
Blend: 95% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $33


The smallest estates of the Sauternes premier curs classes from the 1855 classification spreads over just 12 hectares of vineyard space—eight, of which, are located on a single parcel on the north east hillside with the remaining four adjacent to Chateau Yquem parcels. The Bordeaux Parliament originally purchased Clos Haut-Peyraguey (Peyraguey means “hill” or “proximity”) in the 18th century. The estate changed hands a few times—being split into two in 1879—before the half located on the highest point of the Bommes hills fell into the lap of Bernard Magrez.

Tastings Notes: The Sémillon gives this beautiful Sauternes a glowing burst of sweet freshness. A fresh floral honey rolls down the tongue and oozes from the bottle, with violets, hibiscus and notes of vanilla creating a well-rounded taste sensation.

Food Pairing: The staple ingredient to that evening wind-down, to impress the guests with what is in our opinion one of the best Sauternes available in the USA, given its price point and quality. This beauty would also sit well with Foie Gras if you truly want to release your inner Bordeaux.