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1989 Château Rieussec

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-1989-750

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  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

    After a period of prolonged disjointedness, this wine has pulled itself together. The color is deep straw, and the wine displays an intense perfume of creme brulee custard, baked apple pie, and sweet, ripe pineapples and pears. Full-bodied, rich, alcoholic, and fat, with low acidity and considerable sweetness, this is a luxuriously rich, unctuously-textured, heavyweight Sauternes that should become more civilized with age.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Lively, complex, fresh aromas of tropical fruit, honey and spicy oak. Sweet and viscous in the middle palate; kept fresh by apple and pear notes and harmonious acidity. Very concentrated and deep. Very long on the aftertaste; has the sheer material to buffer its alcohol. Rieussec switched to later bottling with this vintage: 30 rather than 24 months after the harvest.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Well proportioned and delicately built, delivering plenty of honey, spice and earth-mineral flavors. Drinkable now.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    After a period of prolonged disjointedness, this wine has pulled itself together. The color is deep straw, and the wine displays an intense perfume of creme brulee, baked apple, and sweet, ripe pineapples and pears. full-bodied, rich alcoholic and fat, with low acidity and considerable sweetness, this is a luxuriously rich, unctuously-textured, heavyweight Sauternes that should become more civilized with age.
    Drink Dates: 2004 - 2025
    Author: Mark F
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Delicious sauternes. Wonderful concentration. Ripe honeyed tropical and citrus fruit. Petrol and honeysuckle notes add complexity. Long, palate-coating finish. Yum!
    Drink Dates: 2014-2026
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Mature
    Author: marv
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

  • 782 bottles owned
  • 166 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 166 collectors)