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Sau·ternesor sau·ternes (sō-tûrn′, sô-)
n. pl. Sau·ternes (-tûrn′, -tûrnz′)
1. A delicate sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France, made from grapes that have been infected with noble rot.
2. often sau·terne (-tûrn′) A sweet to moderately dry white wine from California.
[French, after Sauternes, a village of southwest France.]
(Brewing) (sometimes not capital) a sweet white wine made in the southern Bordeaux district of France
[C18: from Sauternes, the district where it is produced]
1. a rich, sweet white table wine of Bordeaux, in SW France.
2. the district producing this wine.