SAUTERNES, FRANCE: The setting sun shines through a tree on the grounds of Château d’Yquem in Sauternes, an appellation within the Graves region of Bordeaux. In the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, d’Yquem was the only winery in the Sauternes region to be accorded the status of Premiere Cru Supérieur. Its sweet dessert wines are among the most famous, and long lived, in the world. Today also happens to be International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and so it is worth remembering that almost all the Sauvignon Blanc planted in the US, and a good bit planted elsewhere in the world, comes from cuttings made at Chateau d’Yquem.
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