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2005 Rieussec Sauternes $80

Sauternes is undoubtedly one of the greatest wines in the world, when it is great. Too often they're more sweet than great, and many times they are not necessarily worth the prices asked. It only took me one sip of the 2005 Chateau Rieussec to convince me of its greatness. This is absolutely brilliant Sauternes and competes very favorably with more expensive examples. Packed full of pineapple, sweet lemon and peach fruit, topped with notes of vanilla, crème brûlée, coconut cream, ginger and honey, it is a breathtakingly complex wine. Rich and sweet yet not nearly cloying, this is fabulous Sauternes and will keep for decades, as long as you can keep your hands off of it!

The easiest way to do that is to buy half bottles to hold you over while your full bottles mature.

Buy the 2007 vintage at Sherry-Lehmann!

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  • I live in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. I subscribe to you daily reviews and tips on wines. I have even taken you up on some of your "recommendations" on nice whites and reds. I have been reading your e-mail for about a year now and I have not seen any "recommendation" on any Canadian wine, especially from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, which is renowned for it's "best wines" in the world. We are compared to a mini Napa Valley and have fantastic wines, tourists come from all over the world to taste some of the wine here in the Okanagan Valley.
    No, I am not a wine owner, nor have anything to do with the vineyards here, I just enjoy a nice bottle of wine.

    I am wondering why you do not recognize any of the Canadian wines?

    Have a wonderful Christmas, and best to you.

    Kristin Maier

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM


  • Snooth User: davidboyer
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    Hi Kristen,

    Although I can't answer your question on behalf of Snooth, I can point out a coupe of obvious reasons why you don’t see these wines on Snooth. But first let me say that I have tasted some of the Okanagan Valley wines you wrote about and that I was surprised by the high quality and excellence of the fruit and winemaking. Everyone in America knows Canada for its Ice Wines, not delicious reds. I tasted these wines in Bordeaux, of all places, this past summer and had never known about them until then.

    Canada is going to have to do better with their efforts to get the attention of Americans and that means campaigning endlessly. It’s a huge, cluttered, virtual sea of wine out there as you know and cutting through, whether it’s for shelf space at retail, or just consciousness in someone’s head, is a major undertaking. The commitment has to be on the part of the wine estate or wine region and it takes major money to accomplish anything significant.

    Secondly, distribution needs to happen and that’s very difficult these days but without it, all marketing efforts will fail if the consumer can’t find the wine on every shelf, or at least many shelves. Distributors are the key to this but they’re not going to take on another wine estate without the resources and commitment to see it through. The third option to get attention in the wine world is to let it grow organically, no pun intended, by word of mouth but this can be a very long process.

    I don’t think that Snooth or anyone else is intentionally shunning Canadian wines but just that there is not a demand for it and therefore it’s below many people’s radar. I tasted the Osoyoos Larose (Le Grand Vin - Red Wine) 2001 and 2005 and for under $50 per bottle, I think this Bordeaux blend is a terrific value.

    Best regards,

    David Boyer
    classof1855.com

    Dec 16, 2011 at 5:09 PM


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    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM


  • Snooth User: angmelchor
    990063 85

    ARE THERE BOTTLES OF ASTI SPUMANTE STILL AROUND? FOR THE NEW YEAR...

    Dec 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM


  • Snooth User: angmelchor
    990063 85

    are there bottles of ASTI SPUMANTI? FOR THE NEW YEAR...

    Dec 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM


  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
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    Am I correct in assuming that the $80 price cited for the Rieussec is for a full (750 ml) bottle? If so, I would guess that a half-bottle would come in at $50-55.

    Dec 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM


  • to Kristin Maier.
    ...notwithstanding, most of the wine produced in BC is consumed in BC. Very little of it gets to any other parts of Canada nevermind the US or the rest of the world. So it's almost pointless that Snooth or anyone else pay any attention because the best BC wines cannot even be gotten within BC except at the winery or at a restaurant - certainly not at any of the BC liquor stores.
    I believe its a known fact that BC and Oregon are roughly equivalent in the amount of wine produced. Here probably 70-80% is consumed within BC, in Oregon its the other way around.
    Speaking as a BC resident, like yourself, I'm not complaining about the lack of hoopla.....more for me!

    Mitch Ma

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:43 AM


  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
    847804 5,457

    Mitch

    Your insight is very interesting. It is a very reasonable explanation why those of us outside of BC have no or little knowledge of wines from your area. However, please be assured that we do want ot learn about them even if we don't get to experience them. Presumably, we can experience them in visits, or by creating demand for some entrepreneur to exploit,

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM


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