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Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc


In the southern section of Graves lies a trio of communes famous for their rich, sweet white wines. From north to south, they are Cérons, Barsac and Sauternes.

Although some of the wines are now among the most sought after and expensive in the world, this wasn't always the case. Sweet wines went out of vogue in the 1960s and '70s, leaving producers without the funds to properly maintain their vineyards. A fall in wine quality resulted.

It wasn't until the outstanding vintage of 1983 garnered critical praise and consumer attention that sales increased dramatically. Top producers haven't looked back since and are again investing in their vineyards and making luscious sweet...

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