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Chateau Rieussec 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

"Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous. Aromas of caramel, apples and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink now. Wonderful sticky...95." WA 11/06.

External Reviews for Chateau Rieussec

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 1988 is the greatest Rieussec I have ever tasted. After tasting all the 1988 and 1989 Barsac/Sauternes blind, this was my top wine for both vintages. It is an utterly mind-blowing performance for the Chateau, with a hauntingly perfect bouquet of great precision and persistence. In the mouth, the wine has remarkable clarity, stunning power and depth, and a finish that must last several minutes. It is a winemaking tour de force, and one of the greatest young Sauternes I have had the pleasure of tasting.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Splendid, elegant, intensely spicy botrytis character, rich and fat, kept in balance by an undertow of lemon-laced acidity. Drinkable now, or can age until 1998.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Quite exotic and intense toasted coconut, honey and vanilla flavors, but the fruit seems buried by new oak character and it tastes a bit hot on the finish. Might improve with age.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Exotic aromas of truffle, game, dried fruits and tobacco; strong impression of botrytis. Powerful on entry, then very sweet (74 grams/liter r.s.) and very concentrated, with an amazingly glycerol texture. Powerful and very deep. Still some sulfur to be absorbed. One of the richest wines of this group, really thick with extract. Finishes firm, youthful and very, very long. This vintage was picked in a single trie extending from late October into November.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous, with aromas of caramel, apple and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet, with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink it now. A wonderful sticky. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Thick and rich, with a lovely balance of botrytis and spice character. Full-bodied and oily, with a long, sweet finish. Could be one of the wines of the vintage. Almost classic.


External Review
01/16/2009

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. Score range: 95-100 (JS) Wine Spectator. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Rieussec 375ml


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"Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous. Aromas of caramel, apples and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink now. Wonderful sticky...95." WA 11/06.

Closure: Cork


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