2002 Rieussec R de Rieussec
Bordeaux Blanc - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2003
I suspect most readers will find it hard to get excited about the 2002 vintage for the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes after what appears to be a prodigious 2001. However 2002 is a very fine year for this region... I suspect most readers will find it hard to get excited about the 2002 vintage for the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes after what appears to be a prodigious 2001. However 2002 is a very fine year for this region possibly superior to any of the vintages between 2000 and 1991. The wines possess plenty of botrytis but neither the impressive definition nor supreme elegance of the 2001s. This is a sweet full-bodied fat concentrated intense effort that was showing well in September 2003.
Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Graves
Vintage 2002

Winery

Rieussec

Chateau Rieussec is one of the largest properties in Sauternes and Barsac, covering 93 hectares of gravelly soil layered with alluvial deposits. The vineyard is planted mostly with Semillon (90%), followed by Sauvignon Blanc (7%) and Muscadelle (3%). It was classified as a First Growth in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac.

The estate belonged to the Carmelite monks in Langon in the 18th century, but was confiscated during the revolution. In 1790, the property was sold as an “object of national heritage” to Mr. Marheilhac, owner at that time of Chateau La Louviere in Leognan.

The estate changed ownership several times until 1971 when it came into the hands of Albert Vuillier, passionate about Sauternes sweet wines but lacking the financial resources to make the necessary improvements. In 1984, Domaines Barons de Rothschild entered the scene and acquired Chateau Rieussec. Since then, the estate has made strides forward in quality and continues to produce outstanding wines.