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Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2005

Member Review by Val13:

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.

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Snooth User: Val13
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2.00 5
02/28/2009

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.


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
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4.00 5
07/03/2011

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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/05/2011

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. Wine Spectator. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Rieussec 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Full yellow-gold. Expressive aromas of pineapple coconut sweet vanillin oak and spices. Then wonderfully thick fat and sweet with the exotic coconut character carrying through in the mouth. Finishes saline and powerful with palate-staining flavors of pineapple coconut and spicy oak. Conveys a strong impression of solidity. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Well-proportioned and delicately built, delivering plenty of honey, spice and earth-mineral flavors. Drinkable now through 1997.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

"\ Enticing aromas of toffee


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: 1998-2015.


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