2003 Château Rieussec

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 87 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-2003

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous, with aromas of caramel, apple and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet, with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink it now. A wonderful sticky. 6,250 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Medium yellow-gold. Reticent but pure aromas of fruit salad, spices and vanilla, lifted by floral and mineral nuances. Wonderfully honeyed, fat fruit flavors are complemented by cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The sexy oak treatment gives lift to the wine. A bit youthfully aggressive but very long on the back end, showing vanillin oak and a bit of warmth. But this one offers superb potential.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2005
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    So rich and powerful with so much dried apricots and citrus aromas and flavors. Caramel and toffee. Full and very sweet. Amazing.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Some honey tinge. Very intense slight brul‚e character on the nose. Very, very sweet - one slightly seeks a bit more acid. Still quite simple - barley sugar at the moment. I'd like a little more acid and complexity ÿ- but this will surely outlive the reds!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    The 2003 Rieussec is a blend of 91% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle picked between 17 September and 1 October. Much deeper in color than other vintages, it has a mature, almost tropical mango and passion fruit nose that feels a little one-dimensional. The palate is medium-bodied and smooth on the entry, a little waxy in texture with nutmeg and dried honey notes on the mature, Tokaji-like finish. Given my previous remarks, I wonder if this Rieussec is in decline, especially as vintages of similar age appear to be prospering. Approach with caution. Tasted April 2016.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: SH Bordeaux
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Victor
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    Drink Dates: 2010-2029
    Author: rhwinecellar
  • Self | Rating: 90

    good with a heavy meal
    Author: gm
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Good, missing the petrol
    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 93

    same impression as before: |One step below the Guiraud for me, and very different. Not as sweet - more like a liquor than the Guiraud. Darker color as well. Very very nice.|
    Author: Jim Rife
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Score: 95 Release Price: $65 Current Auction Price: $62 Country: France Region: Sauternes Issue: Dec 31, 2006 Designation: Collectibles Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous, with aromas of caramel, apple and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet, with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink it now. A wonderful sticky. Best after 2010. 6,250 cases made. 'JS
    Author: RKSIllini
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

  • 3356 bottles owned
  • 406 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 406 collectors)