2011 Château Rieussec

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 95 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57307-2011-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Brilliant golden yellow. Knockout nose combines peach, citrus fruits, white flowers, saffron, honey and stone complicated by very pure lemony botrytis. Extremely deep and concentrated but youthfully closed, showing a powerful floral character to the peach, passion fruit and marzipan flavors. Finishes very long and perfumed; a laser beam of acidity gives this Sauternes exceptional clarity and cut.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: July/August 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Chateau Rieussec 2011 transcends its somewhat |middling| performance from barrel and delivers a knockout wine in bottle. For sure, it demonstrates a lot of vanilla from the new oak on the nose, complemented by almond, French patisserie and touches of white peach. The elevage is more expressive than the terroir at the moment, although there is clearly a lot of fruit underneath. The palate is very well balanced, with thickly textured honeyed fruits that lacquer the inside of the mouth and stay there. This is extremely well balanced but very young and primal, yet the crescendo of flavors is very impressive. Tasted blind, I hazarded a guess that this might be Yquem '11. Enough said.
    Author: Neal Martin
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    Drink Dates: 2020-2040
    Author: Wingman
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

  • 91 bottles owned
  • 15 collectors