2018 Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec

Sauternes Blend - 750ML
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JS 91
JS 91

jamessuckling.com, April 2019

(90-91 points) A pretty second wine of Rieussec with creamy, cooked pear and apple character. Some soufflé character, too. Medium body, medium sweet and a fresh finish.


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2018 Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec, a delightful Sauternes Blend hailing from the prestigious Bordeaux region of France. This golden elixir is a true masterpiece, showcasing the artistry and expertise of the renowned producer, Rieussec.

In the glass, this wine presents a radiant and luminous hue, reminiscent of the sun-kissed vineyards of Sauternes. With each swirl, mesmerizing aromas dance from the glass, filling the air with intoxicating scents of creamy, cooked pear and apple. The nose is further adorned with hints of soufflé, adding a touch of elegance to the overall bouquet.

On the palate, the 2018 Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec reveals its true splendor. Medium-bodied and medium sweet, this wine is a harmonious symphony of flavors. The luscious notes of ripe pear and apple found on the nose are beautifully complemented by a fresh and vibrant acidity. The balance achieved here is truly remarkable, showcasing the skillful craftsmanship of the winemaker.

The finish is nothing short of breathtaking, leaving a lasting impression on the senses. Like a perfect crescendo, the wine fades away with grace, inviting you to indulge in yet another sip. With an alcohol percentage of 14.5%, this wine exudes a gentle warmth that further enhances its overall appeal.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded the 2018 Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec an impressive score of 91 points. His tasting note confirms the wine's exceptional qualities, describing it as a "pretty second wine of Rieussec" with a "fresh finish."

In conclusion, the 2018 Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec is a wine that embodies elegance, sophistication, and the epitome of Sauternes craftsmanship. This is a wine that demands attention, a true gem in the world of white wines. It is the perfect companion for moments of celebration or as a delightful indulgence on its own. Cheers to the pleasures this remarkable wine brings!