2003 Rieussec 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92-95

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: Issue 121

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

No tasting note was given.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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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.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/03/2011
Petrol, botrytis, lemon, long finish. Excellent.

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Rating: 95
Author: RKSIllini
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/22/2009
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

0 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 90
Author: gm
Trust Rating: 45
Tasted On: 09/29/2009
good with a heavy meal

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Rating: 95
Author: Victor
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/25/2009

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Rating: 95
Author: SH Bordeaux
Trust Rating: 0
Tasted On: 01/16/2009

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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.

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