sau·​ternes sō-ˈtərn How to pronounce sauternes (audio)
capitalized : a full-bodied sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France
usually sauterne : a semidry to semisweet American white wine that is a blend of several grapes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Teeling has released some other old single malts, including a 24 and 30-year-old finished in sauternes casks. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2022 You may be offered a late-harvest riesling, sauternes, a moscato, a tawny port or a Canadian ice wine. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 In addition, the company will release four different cask aged bottlings of Blender’s Cut this year, using casks from the production of Barbados rum, apricot brandy, French sauternes, and tawny port. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The latter is a major distinction, as in a world gone crazy for cask influences, from port to sauternes, marsala is at the unusual end of the spectrum. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Port and port-style wines fall under the broader umbrella of the dessert wine category that includes ice wine, sauternes and late harvest renditions of rieslings or zinfandels. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2020

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Word History


French, from Sauternes, commune in France

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sauternes was in 1711

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“Sauternes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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