Bordeaux sweet and dessert wines
Founded in 2009 by the Union des Grands Vin Liquoreux de Bordeaux, Sweet Bordeaux is a brand of sweet and dessert white wines, including all the Protected Designations of Origin from vineyards in the Bordeaux region. The slow, painstaking harvesting process and limited production area make Sweet Bordeaux especially rare and selective white wines.
Bordeaux Supérieur · Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire · Sainte-Croix-du-Mont · Loupiac ·
Cadillac · Premières Côtes de Bordeaux · Cérons · Bordeaux Moelleux
LONG, GENTLE HARVESTS
In order to harvest grape clusters at the perfect stage of ripeness, wine growers have adopted a special harvesting technique, which involves successive sorting. The harvesters select only the most perfectly ripened grapes.
SLOW VINIFICATION, GENTLE MATURATION
The first press produces a must with exceptional sensory attributes. The second and third have higher sugar content. A slow fermentation (over a month) follows, in a vat or barrel, given the high sugar content. The new wine is matured gently, by carefully alternating aeration and storage in a vat or oak barrel.
BOTRYTIS CINEREA, OR NOBLE ROT
This is the real secret behind sweet Bordeaux wines. Our oceanic climate, featuring alternating periods of heat and humidity, promotes the growth of this microscopic fungus, which infests overripe grapes.
A BOLD PRE-DINNER DRINK, A REFRESHING GLASS DURING A MEAL!
Our wines are suitable for any occasion, from the most relaxed picnic to the most elegant reception. They complement a wide variety of dishes, uplifting both sweet and salty flavors.
Explore the SWEET BORDEAUX designations
Although they are neighbors, each designation has its own
geologic and climate features that contribute to its character.
Sweet Bordeaux are produced over a surface area of approximately 1,800 hectares (4,400 acres), representing 2% of total Bordeaux wine production.
Each year, approximately 9 million bottles of sweet and dessert wines are produced across more than 350 estates.
Each designation records its own yield. The average yield does not exceed 30 hectoliters per hectare.
A unique white wine made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes.