2010 1er Cru Classé Sauternes
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Perfect drinking this Christmas as it was last - when mentioned by Neil Bennett in the London daily, City AM - 'This year I’m recommending a 2010 Chateau Rieussec. Rieussec sits right next door to the fabled Chateau d’Yquem and benefits from all the Rothschild’s wine-making knowledge. This is not a great price to pay for a tremendous wine, particularly when you consider they pick these precious grapes, shrunken from the intensifying effects of the noble rot, using tweezers. These days it’s not easy to find a wine merchant with a decent selection of sweet wines so I’m glad that L&S is keeping standards up, with a good range of houses and vintages.' L&S (Dec 2018)
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Scented and very vibrant with a real unctuousness that recalls Climens. Very sweet but with interesting layers of flavour. Intriguing wine! Lots of to chew on. Real grip. Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 18.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2014)
The nose is full of crystallized fruit sweet and rich yet with an underlying freshness. Fleshy apricot and white peach give a sensuous richness on the mid palate with behind lime and grapefruit refreshing and lifting the flavours. 2020-45 Rating: 93-97 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
Sporting 140gms/L residual sugar, the 2010 Rieussec displays impressive clarity on the nose, with fresh pineapple, grapefruit and a touch of lime flower, and tangible minerality. The palate has that “Tropicana” vibe with guava, almond and pineapple that slightly obfuscates the terroir towards the finish. This is a highly enjoyable, comparatively rich 2010 Sauternes, but without the intellect of some of the finest examples of the vintage. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
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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