2005 1er Cru Classé Sauternes
|Grapes||Sémillon, Sauv Blanc, Muscadelle|
|Classification||1er Cru Classé|
Lots of colour, old gold with green flashes, nose a little subdued, but on the palate it is all there to be found, and is interestingly complex and rich as much as sweet. Crystallised hazelnuts, honey and a deep succulence. Very long. Rating: 93-93 L&S (Nov 2017)
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Tasted blind against the Rieussec 2001 as a comparison, the Château Rieussec 2005 has a more airy bouquet at first and here I find more mineralité on the nose, more precision and focus that the Rieussec 2001. The palate is clean and fresh with vibrant acidity, real tension here with marmalade, lemon curd, apricot and cold stone. Wonderful acidity is interwoven throughout this Sauternes that demonstrates real race and sophistication. It is not as rich or as hedonistic as the Rieussec 2001, but I think the slightly better wine. More breeding and energy. Do not overlook this gem. Drinking range: 2015 - 2045 Rating: 96-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2015)
Chateau Rieussec has been among the very top wines for several years now, and this is one of the best. The nose has a lovely perfume with intensity, freshness and beauty. The wine has a terrific finish; concentration with a light touch because of the freshness, finesse, a lovely vinosity and perfect balance. Rating: ***** www.decanter.com
Loads of spicy honey and apple character. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a solid core of fruit and lots of botrytis character. Very racy. Not the 2001 but superb. Rating: 95-100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
Coppery. Diffuse rather toasty nose. Very very sweet but with enormous acidity too and depth. Toasty, almost burnt, a very strong expression with some depth though the sweetness is such that it easily masks everything else at this stage. 2017-30 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
The prices of Rieussec and Suduiraut are hard to credit this year. Even harder to credit is that there is nearly three times as much wine as last year, and yet the price is 60% higher. And the wine is not obviously much better, despite a lot of silly marks. This has all but sold out from Bordeaux, but very little in the UK. Cannot help feeling it will be available cheaper later, but the Americans, spurred by Parker and the Wine Spectator, are scooping it up with no regard to price, probably with an eye to the £1000 per case price on the 2001. But this is not 2001. - post price-release comment
Sauternes Premier Cru 1855 For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that “Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines”. The modern history of Rieussec, and the beginning of a remarkable rennaissance, starts with the purchase of the estate by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. A new winery was completed in 1989 and yields restricted to maximise quality. There are 92ha of vineyard, planted with 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. Fermentation takes place in barrels from DBR's own cooperage. Aging is 18 to 26 months depending on the year, including 55% in new barrels.
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