- a sweet white wine produced in SW France near the Bordeaux region
- any of various white wines, of varying sweetness, produced elsewhereusually Sau·terne′
Origin of SauternesFrench sauternes, after Sauternes, town in Gironde, France
- A delicate sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France, made from grapes that have been infected with noble rot.
- often sau·terne A sweet to moderately dry white wine from California.
Origin of SauternesFrench, after Sauternes, a village of southwest France.
- plural form of sauterne