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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: Morrell & Company
12/13/2008

No tasting note given.


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

Sweet, ripe and loaded with honey, toffee, caramel and nutmeg-scented pear and apricot flavors. Generous fig and tobacco notes echo on the long finish. A silky, supple, succulent wine from France that should improve through at least 2000.


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


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

"\ Enticing aromas of toffee


External Review
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

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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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This cuts a broad swath, with dense fig, piecrust, green almond and golden raisin notes held together by ginger cream and tarte Tatin notes. The long, creamy finish lets a coconut milk hint check in. One for the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2025.


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