Wine of the Year
Sauternes are among "the greatest and longest-lived wines in the world," says James Suckling in Wine Spectator. Yet their very sweetness is why wine lovers continue to undervalue them. One good reason to get excited about Sauternes again is the 2001 Chateau Rieussec, from France's Bordeaux region, which is "phenomenal any way you look at it." In Wine Spectator's round-up of the year's 100 best wines, it was the only one to earn a perfect score of 100. The wine sells for about $80 a bottle.