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Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2011
Due to fairly high rainfall, the first part of the vineyard cycle, up to mid-June, was complex to manage; the rain disrupted the flowering period and resulted in small amount of flower abortion and uneven grape size. July, August and September were then very dry (with an average of 20 mm of rain) with excellent daytime temperatures and cool nights, which is ideal for a slow but complete ripening of the grapes. However, the dry weather resulted in smaller grapes, and the volume of the harvest was reduced.
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Editorial Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
Typical volatile nose with great depth to the honeycomb, biscuit and orange blossom nose. this features good intensity of botrytis and offers up notes of banna and coconut as well as hints of fermenting tea and a core or creme caramel. Sweet but not overly so with great bright acidity. Lush yet with the citrussy fruit that offer relief from the weight, abit hot and even spicy with a hint of pink peppercorn adding cut across the palate before finishing with lots of caramelized orange peel on the long finish. Not a huge fan of Sauternes but this was quite nice and mature. 2007-2020
Perfectly balanced dry white wine, nutty and honeyed apples, grapefruit and spices, lovely stuff
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!
My 1st Sauternes that i have in my collection.
External Reviews for Château Rieussec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
This wine shows sheer opulence; it s beautifully rich and ripe powered by complex flavors of orange zest and superripe mango. It s fresh showing this vintage s character. - R.V. Wine Enthusiast.
This is a fabulous Sauternes with dried peaches, pineapples and mango. Apricots and hints of spices. Even jam. Full-bodied, medium sweet with intense and powerful palate. This wine has 147 grams of residual sugar. So balanced and long. We will see wh... James Suckling. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Rieussec 1500ml
Beautiful golden straw colour. Plenty of freshness with aromas of grapefruit and dominated by lychee. A lively attack on the palate bringing out the same sensations. The long finish is accompanied by tropical fruit notes and reflection of sauvignon.
A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Rieussec R de Rieussec 750ml
This wine shows sheer opulence; its beautifully rich and ripe, powered by complex flavors of orange zest and superripe mango. Its fresh, showing this vintages character. - R.V. Wine Enthusiast. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Rieussec 3000ml
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Bottling began at the end of March 2013. Strong colour. Very floral, vivid nose, light, well-integrated woodiness. The palate is fresh, elegant and complex with a lively, slightly spicy finish, and some notes of exotic fruit. Excellent length.
6,000 Cases produced.
Notes: 55% New Oak Barrels
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