Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

9.357 ratings
9.418 pro ratings
Sauternes, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

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.

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.

Mar 3rd, 2019
Lee Pitofsky

Bruised apricot, rich honeysuckle, candied pineapple, botrytis

Bruised apricot, rich honeysuckle, candied pineapple, botrytis

Oct 1st, 2017
Steve Gage

Director of Sales and Hospitality, Moone-Tsai Wines

9.6

Oh my. With foie, grilled peaches and Hawaiian bread! Yum.

Oh my. With foie, grilled peaches and Hawaiian bread! Yum.

2 people found it helpfulJul 14th, 2014
Sung Park

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Lee Pitofsky

bruised apricot, rich honeysuckle, candied pineapple, botrytis

bruised apricot, rich honeysuckle, candied pineapple, botrytis

Mar 26th, 2017
Andrew Fortgang

Really delicious. Great deep caramel notes. Pleasantly surprised by the bright acidity lurking in the finish.

Really delicious. Great deep caramel notes. Pleasantly surprised by the bright acidity lurking in the finish.

May 27th, 2016
April Yap-Hennig

Wine writer SacredDrop.com

9.5

Beautifully aged 83 #sauternes. Sweet deliciousness with a beautiful freshness. I can't get enough of this wine!

Beautifully aged 83 #sauternes. Sweet deliciousness with a beautiful freshness. I can't get enough of this wine!

Apr 21st, 2016
Mike Saviage

Great Sauternes to finish the evening. Really alive and kicking.

Great Sauternes to finish the evening. Really alive and kicking.

May 10th, 2015
Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe

Rich, ripe fruit. A bit past it's prime, but still very nice.

Rich, ripe fruit. A bit past it's prime, but still very nice.

Sep 29th, 2014
Tom Higgins

Owner/Winemaker Heart & Hands Wine Company

10

DELICIOUS. Color: lt. brown color with gold edges. Aromas of Apricot, marmalade, fig, honeydew melon and a note of petrol. Flavors of fig persist, mango, dried apricots and graham cracker. Good tension on finish. Wine of the night.

DELICIOUS. Color: lt. brown color with gold edges. Aromas of Apricot, marmalade, fig, honeydew melon and a note of petrol. Flavors of fig persist, mango, dried apricots and graham cracker. Good tension on finish. Wine of the night.

Jun 24th, 2014