2003 - Ch Rieussec 1er Cru Sauternes
07A3RIEU _ 2003 - Ch Rieussec 1er Cru Sauternes - 12x75cl
Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château Rieussec
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc/ Muscadelle
Drinking
2009 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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2003 CH RIEUSSEC 1ER CRU SAUTERNES - 12x75cl

Colour
Port Sweet
Producer
Château Rieussec
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc/ Muscadelle
Drinking
2009 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £428.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    Although this is one of the sweetest, richest Sauternes that we tasted, such is its balance that it seems fresher than many others this year. A stunning wine.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2004,
    Score: 93-96

    It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region'sharvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 95-100

    This is a bodybuilder of a wine. Massive. Full-bodied, very sweet, yet you don't feel it. It seems almost tannic, but there is great sweetness and power. Ginger and honey. Fantastic wine. -- J.S.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Nose: a tight kernel of fresh, concentrated fruit, oranges and lemons. Taste: tightly coiled, concentrated ripe, candied fruit and a touch of honey - the sheer beauty of the wine stopped me in my tracks at this stage of the tasting! A great wine. (2009 onwards)

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, August 2005,
    Score: 17.5

    Deep honey. So deep it almost has no nose. Definite oak on the nose. Lots of syrupy sweetness but a bit of hole in the mid palate. Some charred flavours. Toast. Not fine, though certainly impressive. Very very sweet but still a baby. Aggressively raw and sweet. Slightly hot finish. Not for fans of subtlety.

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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

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.