2007 Rieussec Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 750ML

  • WS 96
  • IWC 93
  • WA 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2008
Balanced and very spicy with almond paste and apricot. Full-bodied medium sweet with a long fruity tangy finish. Layered and stylish. Score range: 93-96 -JS
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2008
Bright pale yellow-gold. Aromas of very ripe peach honey and vanilla are a bit youthfully disjointed. Sweet supple and fat currently showing more spice than fruit. Finishes broad and spicy with a suggestion of minerality... Bright pale yellow-gold. Aromas of very ripe peach honey and vanilla are a bit youthfully disjointed. Sweet supple and fat currently showing more spice than fruit. Finishes broad and spicy with a suggestion of minerality. 90-93 points
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Tasted single blind against its peers. The Rieussec 2007 has a subtle nose of dried honey pear a touch of quince and crushed stone on the nose the oak better integrated than last year. The palate is well-balanced with... Tasted single blind against its peers. The Rieussec 2007 has a subtle nose of dried honey pear a touch of quince and crushed stone on the nose the oak better integrated than last year. The palate is well-balanced with stem ginger and honeycomb on the entry. It is linear compared to its peers there is no flourish on the finish as yet but it has fine definition and hints of tangy marmalade and lemongrass that should become more accentuated with time. Tasted January 2011.-NM
JJB 93
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, January 2013
Bright pale gold with a slight green tinge. Loaded with ripe aromas of pineapple quince apricot and touches of spicy candied ginger. On entry this shows more spice and vanilla up front followed by more exotic tropical... Bright pale gold with a slight green tinge. Loaded with ripe aromas of pineapple quince apricot and touches of spicy candied ginger. On entry this shows more spice and vanilla up front followed by more exotic tropical fruit. A rich supple texture is balanced with just enough acidity to keep everything fresh and balanced. This is still in an infant stage showing plenty of baby fat to make it a pleasure now but begging for another 5-10 more years in the cellar.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2007

Label

Chateau Rieussec has been a leader among the great wines of Sauternes for several generations. Ranked as a Premier Grand Cru in 1855, it is made with a subtle blend of Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. Aged in oak barrels for 18 to 26 months depending on the year, with 50 to 55% in new barrels. The annual production varies a great deal depending on the vintage, but on average is about 6,000 cases, however, none was made in 1977, 1993 and 2012.

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.