2002 Château Rieussec

  • 90 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($45-$60) Medium yellow-gold. Young, pure and rather restrained on the nose, with the wine's oak component currently dominating exotic fruits, hazelnut and honey. Quite opulent on the attack, then large-scaled and solidly structured in the middle palate, withflavors of apricot, honey and clove. Big but not heavy, and not yet showing the flavor interest of the 2003. But this is quite closed today. Finishes thick, strong and long, with notes of vanilla, spices and nuts.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Aromas of apple tart, cream and honey follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of sweetness and a dried pineapple, vanilla and honey aftertaste. Outstanding intensity.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    No tasting note given.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Pale copper. Vegetal nose with distinctly green notes. Lovely molten overripe pear notes on the nose combined with real delicacy and some toast. Thoroughly successful even if not one of the biggest. Very slightly dry on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Toby Thomas
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Horms
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Lawrence
  • Self | Rating: 93

    classic sauterne,not huge fruit but perfect balance of acidity/sweetness
    Author: MarcelB
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

  • 272 bottles owned
  • 71 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 71 collectors)