2001 1er Cru Classé Sauternes
|Grapes||Sémillon, Sauv Blanc, Muscadelle|
|Classification||1er Cru Classé|
A fantastic example of Rieussec's inimitable style, broad, rich, savoury, flavoury, but also intense, compact and hugely impressive and succulent. L&S (Nov 2017)
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Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted. Best after 2010. Rating: 100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
Still pale gold. A slightly burnt note on the nose with notable acidity. A certain nuttiness on both nose and palate and a great cleansing streak of acidity throughout but less creamy than the Climens – more burly. This should develop reasonably early and is perhaps not the finest 2001. Very big initially but it falls away a little on the finish in comparison to the Climens and Suduiraut. 2008-20 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035. Rating: 99-99 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com
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