2008 Rieussec Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 375ML

  • WE 94
  • WA 93
  • WS 92

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
(WE92-94 points) Rich rather than sweet, this is stuffed full of botrytis. The wine is powered through with this dusty texture, rolling richly but catching the dried fruit character.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Tasted single blind against its peers. The Chateau Rieussec 2008 should become an excellent Sauternes for the vintage. It has a floral bouquet with peach tinned apricot and a touch of marmalade all with fine delineation... Tasted single blind against its peers. The Chateau Rieussec 2008 should become an excellent Sauternes for the vintage. It has a floral bouquet with peach tinned apricot and a touch of marmalade all with fine delineation and touches of lemon curd developing with aeration. The palate is mellifluous on the entry with great depth and a luscious vanillary note with hints of orange peel marmalade and quince towards the long finish. Excellent. Tasted January 2012.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
This cuts a broad swath with dense fig piecrust green almond and golden raisin notes held together by ginger cream and tarte Tatin notes. The long creamy finish lets a coconut milk hint check in. One for the cellar. Best... This cuts a broad swath with dense fig piecrust green almond and golden raisin notes held together by ginger cream and tarte Tatin notes. The long creamy finish lets a coconut milk hint check in. One for the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2025. -JM
JJB 95
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, April 2009
Wow what a beautiful pale golden color (clean and clear). Absolutely intoxicating aromas of peach ripe citrus and apricot confiture. Shows tons of botrytis but remains fresh and lively on the mid-palate. Lots of toasty... Wow what a beautiful pale golden color (clean and clear). Absolutely intoxicating aromas of peach ripe citrus and apricot confiture. Shows tons of botrytis but remains fresh and lively on the mid-palate. Lots of toasty marshmallow and charred oak with everything in the right place (and in the right proportion). Loaded with fruit but replete with the proper acidty. Delicious and rich
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2008

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.

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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.