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Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2005
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.Add winemaker's notes
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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!
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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.
\ 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.\
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.
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.
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.
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.