Château Rieussec Sauternes 2009 375ml half bottleRegular price €70.00
Wine Advocate : 95 - 97/100
The minerality and stoniness really comes through on the nose of this Rieussec, more than the 2007. The palate is very well balanced with superb acidity, real tension, steely with great precision with notes of apricot, white peach and honey on the beautifully defined finish. Probably the best Rieussec since the astounding 2001. (Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - April 2010)
Jancis Robinson : 18.5/20
Yellow gold. Interesting depth and complexity. Springs out of the glass. Very big and round and yet refreshing. Great satin texture. How I'd imagine Climens. Rather nice saltiness on the finish. (Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - January 2013)
Heavy and rich and wonderfully sumptuous. Great richness. Density and breadth. Still very chewy but there is lots here. Very rewarding. (Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - April 2010)
Wine Spectator : 92 - 95/100
Lemon peel and pear tart on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with good acidity, lemon meringue flavors and a spicy finish. (James Suckling - Wine Spectator - April 2010)
BBR : 16.5/20
Warm, rich, honeyed crème brûlée topping on the nose with a lush, decadent and plump mouthfeel, attractive freshness and impressive length. Ch. Rieussec rivals Ch. d'Yquem ...
Tim Atkin MW : 93/100
Punters who want to secure a rare case of Château Lafite are often required to purchase one or more cases of Rieussec, too. This won’t be a hardship in 2009, because the wine is very stylish, with flavours of pears and cinnamon, good acidity and plenty of sweetness (160 grams per litre). Not quite a superstar Sauternes, but certainly an impressive wine. 10+ years.
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 Lagardère
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
|Wine colour||White wine|
|Grape variety||84% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle|