The 2010 Rieussec was missing a little intellect when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle it has become a contender for the finest Sauternes of the vintage. It is blessed with a pure and lifted bouquet with ripe peach, nectarine and honey, hints of shaved ginger poke their head above the surface with aeration. It is very subtle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity and convincing harmony. This is a sophisticated Sauternes with superb mineralite and outstanding persistency. I will confess that I pinned this as “Yquem” and was both shocked and pleased when its identity was revealed. Go buy. Drink 2016-2035.
Chateau Rieussec is a top Bordeaux wine producer based in the region of Graves, in Bordeaux, France. Chateau Rieussec falls under the Sauternes appellation in the commune of Fargues, and the sweet white wine (or desert wine) holds the status Premier Cru Classe, or First Growth, as per the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
Chateau Rieussec went through a series of owners since the 18th century, however in 1984 it was purchased by Domaines Barons de Rothschild, also owners of the esteemed Chateau Lafite Rothschild. One of the notable recognitions for Chateau Rieussec was the selection of Rieussec 2001 for Wine of the Year (2004) in Wine Spectator; a great testament to the high quality and reputation of Chateau Rieussec.
The estate of Chateau Rieussec covers over 90 hectares, neighbouring the prominent Chateau D’Yquem towards the West. The grape selection includes 93% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon and 3% Muscadelle. The average output for Chateau Rieussec is 6,000 cases, with another 4,000 cases of its second, third and fourth wines.
Premier Cru Classe - First Growth
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