1996 Château Rieussec

  • 89 WA
  • 90 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-1996

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Straw-gold. Marzipan, honey and toasted hazelnut on the nose. Moderately viscous and currently rather oaky. Has an impressively chewy texture but is not yet displaying its personality. Finishes with some youthful harshness. The '97 is at once stronger and finer.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    This wine offers an orange, caramel, and honeyed nose with intriguing quince/kumquat fruit flavors, a complex personality, and a low level of glycerin in the mouth. This medium to full-bodied, long wine will be at its peak between 2000-2020.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very pure botrytis aromas. Massively sweet - a real statement - but with lots of interest and subtlety on the finish. Real follow-through, and a bit of burnt caramel on the finish. So powerful! Great balance and confidence. Very long indeed. Not Charles's favourite!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 17.5

    Deep yellow straw color - not as amber as I would hope to see. Very nice nose - from memory - citrus (orange/lemon) with honey and peaches. Mouth was great. Not quite as complex as I might have wished for, but certainly good enough for the meal and dessert! Perhaps a bit short on the finish... Although I don't believe it will get much better than it is now, glad I have a couple more bottles to check on development later.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: nothoi
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

  • 341 bottles owned
  • 61 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 61 collectors)