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Lively on the nose with a big, creamy marshmallow and dried tropical fruit tone supported by background notes of sweetly spiced wood and roasted nuts. Big and creamy in the mouth with a touch of caramel dominating the dried pear fruits and background botrytis tones. A bit hollow on the midpalate but the caramel cream tones gain in intensity. 90pts.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
You get both apricots and honeyed botrytis aromas that are followed through by a dry core, very full-bodied with richness, the sweetness of the yellow jam fruits, apricots and mangoes gliding over the palate. Delicious, and certainly ageworthy.
This is a stunningly complex and elegant wine, but it is less muscular as well as less fat than either the 1983 or 1989. There are plenty of smoky almonds, peaches, and honeyed apricot fruit in the nose and flavors. In the mouth, the wine has a certain elegance, and perhaps not quite the punch one normally expects from Rieussec. Nevertheless, it is still a compelling Sauternes that should age magnificently. Anticipated maturity: 1994ndash;2010.
National Sweet White Champion. Honeyed apricot and peach aromas fan out across a full and unctuous mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced with fine acidity to cut the richness. Long finish.
The 1990 Rieussec is one of the stars of the vintage. It is a fat, rich, very broad-shouldered wine, with great depth and richness, and considerably more alcohol than the 1988. I did not detect as much botrytis as I would have hoped. Nevertheless, it is a blockbuster, massive wine. Its evolution should be fascinating to follow. Anticipated maturity: 1998ndash;2015.
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.
Lively, complex, fresh aromas of tropical fruit, honey and spicy oak. Sweet and viscous in the middle palate; kept fresh by apple and pear notes and harmonious acidity. Very concentrated and deep. Very long on the aftertaste; has the sheer material to buffer its alcohol. Rieussec switched to later bottling with this vintage: 30 rather than 24 months after the harvest.
Shows enticing aromas of toffee, cream, dried apricot and caramel. Full-bodied, very sweet and thick, with honey and caramel flavors. Long and rich, oozing with sweet, ripe fruit, this is like liquid candy. Best after 2016.