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Château Rieussec Sauternes 37.5cl

Château Rieussec Sauternes 2008 375ml half bottle

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Tasted single blind against its peers. The Chateau Rieussec 2008 should become an excellent Sauternes for the vintage. It has a floral bouquet with peach, tinned apricot and a touch of marmalade, all with fine delineation, and touches of lemon curd developing with aeration. The palate is mellifluous on the entry, with great depth and a luscious, vanillary note with hints of orange peel, marmalade and quince towards the long finish. Excellent. Tasted January 2012. Parker : 93/100 Jancis Robinson : 17/20

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Château Rieussec
1st Cru Classé in 1855. The vineyard is located in Fargues on a gravel crest close to Yquem. Domaines Rothschild (Lafite) have really succeeded in developping it. Rieussec is naturally powerful, with a liqueur-like intensity that sometimes disconcerts. This wine must be kept more than 10 years to express its complexity. For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that - Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines. In the 18th century, the Rieussec estate belonged to the Carmes de Langon monks. The confiscation of the estate during the revolution led to its public sale around 1790 as an - object of national heritage - to Mr. Marheilhac, the period’s owner of Château La Louvière at Léognan. For the 1855 classification, M. Mayne was the owner of the estate. The quality of the Rieussec soil earned its ranking as a first growth Sauternes and Barsac. After that date, Rieussec’s history involves many changes of owners: Charles Crepin (around 1870), Paul Defolie (1892), Mr. Bannil (1907), then the Gasqueton family (owner of Château Calon-Ségur at Saint Estèphe), P.F. Berry during the war (an American citizen and brother-in-law of the Vicomte de Bouzet), Mr. Balaresque (1957) and lastly, Albert Vuillier (1971), who was passionate about Sauternes - sweet wines. Château Rieussec was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. The estate then included 110 hectares, including 68 hectares of vineyards. To enhance Château Rieussec’s potential, stern measures were implemented, including meticulous sorting of berries and fermenting in barrels, which provides a superior selection for blending fine wines. A new cellar was built in 1989 to extend ageing in barrels. In 2000, renovations to the ageing cellar, construction of a fermenting cellar, and the technological modification of the receiving and pressuring rooms also represented strides forward in a quality policy undertaken since 1985.

Owner: Domaines Barons de Rothschild
Manager: Charles Chevallier
Cellar master: Serge Lagardèrev Vineyard manager: Frédéric Magniez
Oenologist: Edouard Mamé
Blend of the 2011 vintage: 3% Muscadelle, 2% Sauvignon Blanc, 95% Sémillon
Ageing: 55% in new barrels
Soil: gravel interspersed with lime
Area: 92 hectares

Château Rieussec

Additional Information

Supplier's website Vintage 2008
certified organic No
Grape variety 86% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle
Alcohol % 13.5%
Technical sheet Download supplier's pdf here

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