2001 Rieussec 750ml

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2001 Rieussec

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International Wine Cellar | 95

($72-$95) Pale yellow-gold. Superripe nose dominated by honey and marzipan. Hugely ripe and deep, with compelling layers and depth of fruit. Superconcentrated, exotic flavors of apricot, minerals and coconut. Wonderfully chewy, thick and sweet, and extremely long on the aftertaste. A huge wine that will impress early but will really need a minimum of a decade to shed some of its baby fat.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Still pale gold. A slightly burnt note on the nose with notable acidity. A certain nuttiness on both nose and palate and a great cleansing streak of acidity throughout but less creamy than the Climens ? more burly. This should develop reasonably early and is perhaps not the finest 2001. Very big initially but it falls away a little on the finish in comparison to the Climens and Suduiraut.

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 99

A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be at its apogee between 2010-2035.

Drink Dates: 2010-2035


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Wine Spectator | 100

Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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JamesSuckling.com | 100

This is a crazy wine! It's sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great density and power, yet balanced and refined. So amazing, but give this five to six years still. Pull the cork in 2016. 145 grams RS.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: May 29th, 2012

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Score: 97
Author: Andreas
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 04/08/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2030

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Score: 97
Author: Horms
Trust Rating: 15
Tasted On: 11/18/2012

0 of 2 people found this review useful.

Score: 95
Author: Weonseok K134
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 02/25/2011

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Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2010
Drink Dates:
very young but huge potential.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

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Author: Peter
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 04/17/2010
still not meshed together. came ranked 3rd

1 of 3 people found this review useful.

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About This Producer


Chateau Rieussec is one of the few producers of Sauternes who approaches Chateau d'Yquem in terms of quality and consistency. The vineyards of the two chateaux are actually located alongside one another in the communes of Sauternes and Barsac. Chateau Rieussec is one of 11 Premier Cru properties designated in the 1855 classification, and was originally owned by Carmelite monks pre-dating the French Revolution. Since then, ownership has passed through many hands, and the property was eventually sold to the Lafite-Rothschild group in 1984. Under the management of Charles Chevallier, the chateau has seen vast improvement, and is frequently cited amongst the best Sauternes in the world. Tremendously elegant, these wines are typically made from a combination of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.

The estate produces a second wine, Carmes de Rieussec, and a third called Clos Labere, which undergoes shorter ageing in barrels and therefore may be consumed at a younger age than the grand vin. Finally, the estate makes a dry white called "R" de Rieussec, composed from many of same grapevines that produce their Sauternes.

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