2001 Rieussec

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 93 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • 100 JS
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-2001-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: July/August 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Manages to be both tangy and luscious. Broad. Electric vitality. Lovely and slightly brulee. Not quite as sweet as the Suduiraut. Long and reverberant.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Rating: 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
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2001 Rieussec is a blend of 96.5% Semillon and 3.5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 17 September and 25 October in three tries. This is a somewhat controversial wine, one I have tasted many times. It seemed to flare with brilliance in its youth and subsequently never replicated that performance. Here, it has a mature nose with dried honey, yellow flowers and honeysuckle, the palate well balanced with ripe dried mango and orange rind notes, though it does not possess the same killer delineation as the 2005 on the finish. It remains a lovely Sauternes, but in this vertical tasting, I found more nervositAc in the 2005, at least at this stage. The question is whether it will have a second wind later in life? Time will tell. Tasted April 2016.
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Weonseok K134
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Horms
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2013-2030
    Author: Andreas
  • Self | Rating:

    delicious - should have waited
    Author: Greg D
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Fantastic!!
    Author: Hecwines
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Light gold with an intensely honeyed nose, it explodes on the attack with a monumental thickness that is super-concentrated and full bodied. It is chewy, but not heavy and has a finish that won't quit. A definite rival to Yquem and a relative bargain.
    Drink Dates: 2010+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating:

    still not meshed together. came ranked 3rd
    Author: Peter
  • Self | Rating:

    very young but huge potential.
    Author: Peter B
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.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 6773 bottles owned
  • 864 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 864 collectors)