2009 Rieussec 375ml

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes | Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Classe/ White / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 97   WS 92-95   JR 18   Collector 99
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The team at Chateau Rieussec have conjured a stellar wine in 2009. There is a little reduction at first that fortunately blows away, revealing thickly layered scents of honey, Danish pastry and quince that appear to gain vigor with every passing sip. The palate is stunning: very viscous in the mouth with tangy grapefruit, honey and white peach. It is still primal, but the acidity is perfectly judged and there is a life-affirming sense of precision and tension towards the finish.

Drink Dates: 2013-2045
Author: Neal Martin
Issue: 205

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92-95

Lemon peel and pear tart on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with good acidity, lemon meringue flavors and a spicy finish.

Author: James Suckling


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Heavy and rich and wonderfully sumptuous. Great richness. Density and breadth. Still very chewy but there is lots here. Very rewarding.

Drink Dates: 2018-2036
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 99
Author: Mayo
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/16/2013

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

177 bottles owned by 16 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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