2011 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Sauternes-Barsac
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé

Green highlighted gold. Rather a cool, fat but dry expression. It grows, quite a fibrous feel, then softens. There's lots here but it's not that expressive. The sweetness really comes through on the finish. Rating: 92+? L&S (Oct 2019)

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The 2011 Rieussec has a lifted, at the moment quite oaky, bouquet with scents of honey, almond and pineapple. Hopefully it will develop more definition by the time of bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with tropical fruit and mandarin on the entry and a satisfying viscous core of honeyed fruit. It seems a little disjointed towards the finish, although I am sure it will become more cohesive by the time of bottling. For me, it just seems a little predictable. Drink 2015-2028 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin,

A very rich and impressive style here, clearly showing deeply buried character, as there is concentration and well-defined fruit complicated by deep, white-nut character, perhaps blanched almonds, textured and deep but not suggestive of the evolved, nutty character of maturity. The palate is rich and energy-filled, pure and with the same fruit character as the nose, but with a bright and pure tone. The acid seam running underneath the wine is fabulous, giving a bright definition to the wine. Superb potential here. Lots of grip and form to it suggestive of deeply buried botrytis. Rating: 18-19 Chris Kissack,

Mid gold, linseed and grapefruit mixed and a fine line of orange through the middle. Rich, golden and almost syrupy on the palate. A little sour and oily on the finish and so rich the acidity is hard to spot except that the whole is in balance. Spicy aftertaste and very long. 2019-2032 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW,

This wine shows sheer opulence; it’s beautifully rich and ripe, powered by complex flavors of orange zest and superripe mango. It’s fresh, showing this vintage’s character. Rating: 95-97 Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

Departing from its usual unctuous style, this vintage displays great purity and lifted, elegant flavours. Great concentration of flavours and amazing complexity. Exotic fruits and floral notes are typical of Rieussec. A precise, detailed wine with a long finish. Drink 2021-2047. Rating: 18.5

A very ripe, juicy, spicy style, with bold apricot, tangerine, toasted almond and papaya notes. Shows lots of power, with the length to match. A winner in the making. Rating: 93-96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator

People who normally have to buy Rieussec to get their hands on a case of Lafite may decide that it’s not worth the aggravation in 2011, but that would be a mistake. This isn’t the best Sauternes of the vintage, but it’s still rich and concentrated with notes of barley sugar and honey and just enough acidity for balance. 6+ years. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW,

This is a fabulous Sauternes with dried peaches, pineapples and mango. Apricots and hints of spices. Even jam. Full-bodied, medium sweet with intense and powerful palate. This wine has 147 grams of residual sugar. So balanced and long. We will see what is better -- Rieussec or Yquem? Rating: 96-97 James Suckling,

Château Rieussec

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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