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Editorial Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
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.
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.
External Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
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.
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.
[Barrel tasting] This is a bodybuilder of a wine. Massive. Full-bodied, very sweet, yet you donandrsquo;t feel it. It seems almost tannic, but there is great sweetness and power. Ginger and honey. Fantastic wine.
Well-proportioned and delicately built, delivering plenty of honey, spice and earth-mineral flavors. Drinkable now through 1997.
[Barrel tasting] 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.
Although the 1988 received the highest marks, it remains a very backward wine. Full-bodied and powerful, extremely rich and dense, it may be the least evolved 1988. The nose offers enticing coconut, orange, vanilla, and honeyed scents. The flavors are highly extracted. The winersquo;s acidity and youthfulness suggest this wine needs another 5ndash;10 years of cellaring. It should keep for 30 years.
A huge nose of honeyed pears and tropical fruit is followed by a deep, rich, full-bodied wine with great presence on the palate, enough acidity to provide grip and focus, and a spectacularly long, lusty finish that is neither too alcoholic nor heavy mdash; a common problem with many 1990s. Is it as superb as the 1988 or 1989? I doubt it, but it is still one of the stars of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 1995ndash;2015.
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