2013 Ch Rieussec 1er Cru Sauternes

Ch Rieussec 1er Cru Sauternes
Colour
Port & Sweet
Producer
Château Rieussec
Region
Sauternes, Sweet Bordeaux
Grape
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Drinking
2017-2035
Case Size
6x75cl
Available Now
2013 Ch Rieussec 1er Cru Sauternes
Colour
Port & Sweet
Producer
Château Rieussec
Region
Sauternes, Sweet Bordeaux
Grape
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Drinking
2017-2035
Case Size
6x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£145.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(1 in stock)
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£261.61 (Ex. VAT)

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Tasting Notes

Goedhuis, March 2018

Rieussec is one of the finest properties in Sauternes, neighbouring Yquem. Owned by Domaines Baron de Rothschild (of Lafite), this château’s Sémillon-dominated wines are rich and honeyed. This 2013 has pure notes of honeycomb and orange peel. The palate strikes a nice balance between sweetness and freshness, with white fruits, spring blossom, and caramel richness.

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Producer

Château Rieussec

Rieussec's 90 hectares of vineyard occupy one of the highest points in the Sauternes after those of neighbouring Yquem. Unusually the vineyard is one unit, and not made up of several parcels like most Bordeaux properties.The good work started by Albert Vuillier (more oak, and increased passes picking more developed grapes) in the 1970's has been continued by the current owners - Domaines Baron de Rothschild (of Lafite) - who rebuilt the chai in 1989. Vines are on average 25 years old, with Plantings predominantly Semillon (92%) with a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc (5%) and Muscadelle (3%). If the year is judged too poor as in 1993, the grand vin is not made at all. Bottlings under the name Clos Labère are also produced. The deeply coloured wine has a rich, honeyed style, which exhibits great precision and tremendous persistance.

Region

Sauternes, Sweet Bordeaux

It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.

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