1988 Rieussec

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 91 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-1988-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Deep, oaky aromas of honey, coconut, vanilla and creme brulee Sweet and plump in the mouth; the flavors of coconut and tropical fruit are initially dominated by spicy oak notes. Finishes with slight heat (the alcohol is a relatively high 14.7%) but also excellent persistence of flavor. This showed more development of flavor as it opened in the glass.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Splendid, elegant, intensely spicy botrytis fruit character, rich and fat, kept in balance by an undertow of lemon-laced acidity. 6,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 93

    The 1988 remains a very backward wine. Full-bodied and powerful, extremely rich and dense, it may be the least evolved 1988. The nose offers enticing coconut, orange, vanilla, and honeyed scents. The flavors are highly extracted. The wine's acidity and youthfulness suggest this wine needs another 5-10 years of cellaring. It should keep for 30 years. Last tasted 11/94
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: raphaelmatias
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Only Y'Quem produces a comparable sauterne. Melon and citrus nose, caramel, grapefruit, and honey notes. Long persistent finish with a slightly bitter butterscotch climax.
    Author: Paulstash
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 952 bottles owned
  • 195 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 195 collectors)