In Bordeaux, detached from the grandiose chateaux of the Medoc and nestled near the confluence of the Garonne and Cirons rivers, lies a commune synonymous with sweet wine: Sauternes. Glittering gold in the glass, sumptuous in texture and redolent of honeyed pears and white flowers, this unctuous elixir is referred to by many a wine enthusiast as “the nectar of the Gods”. Made from the local white grapes Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, and infected with the magical (and harmless) fungus known as botrytis cinera or “noble rot”, the best examples of Sauternes soar with decadent vigor and can age for decades. As the only area outside the Medoc to be classified in 1855, these are some of the finest examples of sweet wines in the world. Indeed, there is no better way to end a meal (or start for that matter) than with a glass of the liquid gold that is Sauternes.