Magnum, blind tasted
At first it resembled a white Burgundy, a Chateaunnef-du-Pape blanc or a Gruner Smaragd from the Wachau
So toasty it was hard to tell that it was only a 12yo Semillon and I dare anyone to guess this wine didn't touch oak
Very elegant, super easy drinking
It went down too quickly, maybe we were too many — 10 days ago
Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee. Incredible hosting by Joe. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine, all tasted blind.
Bonus wines. I’ve heard of this and was happy to try. Bibiana from Wayfarer and Jeff Pisoni joint project. Bigger style SB, definitely done in the Bordeaux style. Good amount of semillon to round the edges out. High acidity. Lemon and lime tart, lychee, limestone and saline notes. Oak isn’t as powerful as Aesthete or other notable bigger style Cali SBs, but it’s certainly as flavor packed. Wish I could enjoy one of these stand alone to see how it evolves. — 8 days ago
Lots of umami.Fresh lemon and grapefruit. Lactic acid feel with canned peaches and sourcream. Seriously crisp and dry. — 22 days ago
Pale golden yellow in appearance. Rich nose with layers of pineapple, kiwi, honeysuckle, vanilla bean and bees wax. Well rounded acidity (6/10) and medium minus body. Palate grows on you with a pinch of sweetness as well as tons of tropical fruits, citrus rind, honeycomb and a touch of wax. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2029. — 13 days ago
The funny thing is that you aspect a crisp vertical wine and I dare to say this label is exceptionally well made every vintage I have tasted. Potential to age unlimited
You get so much flesh with chablis like minerality which you very rarely meet
Yes still super young but also very enjoyable already — 11 hours ago
Unique white wine, tropical fruit aroma. Goes really well with chicken empanadas. — 19 days ago
Dessert last night was a layered, guava, mango, raspberry, passion fruit cheesecake. I did a dual pair with 14 Kobalt Sauvignon Blanc and this 83 Rieussec Sauternes. The 83 won hands down.
Look at that color! 👀 The older they are, the darker they get. I’ve seen one nearly black, a 1928 D'yquem a number of years back. A good producer/vintage of Sauternes will out live almost anyone’s life span properly stored. This 35 year old 375ml was no exception to that rule.
The nose reveals; brown sugar, molasses, dried; pineapple, apricots, peaches, nectarines, orange citrus, touch of light colored citrus’s, marmalade, mixed nuts with skin, toffee, caramel, tea notes, soft limestone minerals, gravel with pebbles and dark withering flowers/lilies.
The body is full, rich and gorgeous. The palate is nicely integrated and complex. The fruits are a combination of candies and dried. Brown sugar, raw sugar cane, molasses, dried; pineapple, apricots, peaches, nectarines, mango, prunes & dates. Candied, lemon, lime & grapefruit. Orange citrus, marmalade, honeycomb, mixed nuts with skin, toffee, caramel, Lipton tea notes, soft limestone minerals, gravel with pebbles and dark withering flowers, yellow & orange lilies. The acidity is like a rain shower and the elegant, rich, well balanced and polished finish lingers on your palate and dances mentally in your brain. There is also granulated sugar on the palate. Huge RS!
Producer notes...Rieussec is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for 18 to 24 months, depending on the character of the vintage. Chateau Rieussec is owned by the Lafite side of the Rothschild family and all their used oak barrels come from Chateau Lafite.
Photos of; Chateau Rieussec, grapes awaiting the onset of botrytis, their roughly 25-30 year Estate vines and their barrel room. — 18 days ago