2009 Rieussec Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 750ML

  • JS 98
  • WA 97
  • WS 95
  • IWC 95
  • WE 95
  • JR 95

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JS 98
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, May 2013
Lots of caramel and Seville orange. Apricots, vanilla and sultanas. Intensely sweet on the palate with a deep texture and and good complexity. This Sauternes is wonderfully long and dense with superb purity and precision... Lots of caramel and Seville orange. Apricots, vanilla and sultanas. Intensely sweet on the palate with a deep texture and and good complexity. This Sauternes is wonderfully long and dense with superb purity and precision. Extravagant sweet wine. Drinks amazingly well already now, so why wait?
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
The team at Chateau Rieussec have conjured a stellar wine in 2009. There is a little reduction at first that fortunately blows away, revealing thickly layered scents of honey, Danish pastry and quince that appear to gain... The team at Chateau Rieussec have conjured a stellar wine in 2009. There is a little reduction at first that fortunately blows away, revealing thickly layered scents of honey, Danish pastry and quince that appear to gain vigor with every passing sip. The palate is stunning: very viscous in the mouth with tangy grapefruit, honey and white peach. It is still primal, but the acidity is perfectly judged and there is a life-affirming sense of precision and tension towards the finish. Exceptional. Drink now-2045. - Neal Martin
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2010
Lemon peel and pear tart on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet with good acidity lemon meringue flavors and a spicy finish.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2010
(ST93-95 points) Bright yellow-gold. An initial whiff of alcohol is quickly followed by subtle aromas of flowers fresh citrus ginger and vanilla. Racy and delineated with excellent intensity to the pristine flavors of... (ST93-95 points) Bright yellow-gold. An initial whiff of alcohol is quickly followed by subtle aromas of flowers fresh citrus ginger and vanilla. Racy and delineated with excellent intensity to the pristine flavors of fresh pineapple tangerine lemon and spices. Comes across as quite sleek and precise thanks to laser-like acidity which frames and lifts the wine's superb tight core of fruit. Not at all an unctuous style this compellingly vibrant wine finishes very long and very smooth with a hint of vanillin oak. This outstanding vintage of Rieussec should be forgotten in the cellar for at least 6 or 8 years and then enjoyed for at least another 30 years after that. The grapes were harvested from September 17 through October 15 in four tries.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
This closed reticent wine promises to pack a rich generous punch in the future. Its potential shows in the botrytis flavor and the touches of smoky wood and apricot jelly. With this leashed power it promises to be a very... This closed reticent wine promises to pack a rich generous punch in the future. Its potential shows in the botrytis flavor and the touches of smoky wood and apricot jelly. With this leashed power it promises to be a very fine wine.
JR 95
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2013
Yellow gold. Interesting depth and complexity. Springs out of the glass. Very big and round and yet refreshing. Great satin texture. How I'd imagine Climens. Rather nice saltiness on the finish. 18.5/20 GV
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2009

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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.