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"Offers enticing aromas of toffee, cream, dried apricot and caramel. Full-bodied, very sweet and thick, with honey an...Read more...
A tad bit less "umph" than I expected. So light bodied it has almost a watered down feel to it. Very subtle flavors that do open up with time. Noth... Read more
This is my first Sauternes tasting, so take this as you will. Bouquet reminded me of a vegetable garden, almost like tomato leaves. Rich, but not o... Read more
Actually, 3.9 stars. Color, this sauternes has a nice, deep, golden color, very appealing. On the nose, very complex, dried apricot, caramel, honey... Read more
Food Pairings for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
A tad bit less "umph" than I expected. So light bodied it has almost a watered down feel to it. Very subtle flavors that do open up with time. Nothing jumps out at first but a decent finish with hints of pepper and earth. Not bad but just not was I expected coming from Pauillac.
This is my first Sauternes tasting, so take this as you will. Bouquet reminded me of a vegetable garden, almost like tomato leaves. Rich, but not over-poweringly so. Drank with pears and blue cheese, which it is supposed to complement...didn't see what the big deal was there. Not bad, but I just don't think Sauternes is my thing.
Actually, 3.9 stars. Color, this sauternes has a nice, deep, golden color, very appealing. On the nose, very complex, dried apricot, caramel, honey, classic nose! Midpalate, oil think, full bodied, dried apricot and honey are interacting harmoniously, it completely covers my tongue. Finish, very smooth, textured, nice complexity, lingering in the mouth (50+ seconds), round, and well balanced. Overall, this sauternes is very well made. It has a lot of potential. It is young and has not peaked yet. I'd recommend you put it away for 40 even 60 more years! It will only get better over time. Bottled at 13%. I am 93+ on this effort now. I can see it as a 95 pointer in 30+ years from now. Happy drinking!
External Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
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.
Deep, oaky aromas of honey, coconut, vanilla and cregrave;me bruleacute;e. Sweet and plump in the mouth; the flavors of coconut and tropical fruit are initially dominated by spicy oak notes. Finishes with slight heat (the alcohol is a relatively high 14.7%) but also excellent persistence of flavor. This showed more development of flavor as it opened in the glass.
The deep golden, almost amber color reminds me of the 1983 in its youth. Orange marmalade, creme brulee, browned butter, and smoke emerge from the relatively complex, attractive, and full-bodied 2000. Exhibiting tremendous density, good acidity, and loads of fruit and botrytis, it is a strong candidate for the wine of the vintage in Sauternes. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2018.
[Barrel tasting] This is a bodybuilder of a wine. Massive. Full-bodied, very sweet, yet you donrsquo;t feel it. It seems almost tannic, but there is great sweetness and power. Ginger and honey. Fantastic wine.
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.
"Offers 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...96." WS 4/08.
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