Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2008

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"...a lifted, honeyed, slightly petrolly nose with great definition and lift. Touches of white flowers and white peach/honeysuckle develop with further aeration. The palate has a vibrant orange and mandarin flavored entry, very good balance, nicely poised with touches of vanilla inflecting the viscous, honeyed fruit on the finish...91-93" WA 4/09

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External Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

Deep, oaky aromas of honey, coconut, vanilla and crème brulée. 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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

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: 1994-2010.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

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 - 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: 1995-2015.


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"...a lifted, honeyed, slightly petrolly nose with great definition and lift. Touches of white flowers and white peach/honeysuckle develop with further aeration. The palate has a vibrant orange and mandarin flavored entry, very good balance, nicely poised with touches of vanilla inflecting the viscous, honeyed fruit on the finish...91-93" WA 4/09

Closure: Cork


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