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Rieussec 2016

Winemaker's Notes:

98-99 Points, James Suckling: "Lots of botrytis here in addition to dried mushrooms and dried fruit such as pineapple and peaches. Medium to full body. Medium sweet. Very long and intense. A triumph." 4/17 93-96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2016 Rieussec is gorgeous. Despite the relatively low acidity of the vintage, it preserves a good deal of aromatic freshness, with plenty of lemon confit, passion fruit and coconut overtones. The decision to lower the Sémillon a touch and increase the Sauvignon Blanc has paid handsome rewards. The 2016 is not a truly profound Sauternes - that would have been nearly impossible this vintage - but it comes close. Quite frankly, it is nearly impossible to spit." 4/17 92-94 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Rieussec is a blend of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle picked form 26 September until 4 November. It has a much more straightforward bouquet compared to the 2015 with light honeysuckle and white flower aromas. There is good acidity in the mouth thanks the passerillé berries, nicely balanced with a touch of orange zest towards the linear finish that will hopefully gain more weight during its élevage. It is likely to be an earlier-drinking Rieussec than the 2015." 4/17 #230

Château Rieussec:
Chateau Rieussec was originally the property of the monks of Carmes [ie Carmelite ] de Langon but during the French revolution all church property was confiscated and auctioned off.There were a series of owners until 1984 when the Rothschilds bought it. It was a first growth in the 1855 classification The estate consists of 110 hectares with 68 under vine making it one of the largest in the S... Read more
Chateau Rieussec was originally the property of the monks of Carmes [ie Carmelite ] de Langon but during the French revolution all church property was confiscated and auctioned off.There were a series of owners until 1984 when the Rothschilds bought it. It was a first growth in the 1855 classification The estate consists of 110 hectares with 68 under vine making it one of the largest in the Sauternes appellation. Three wines are produced; a grand wine;a second wine now  called Carmes de Rieussec [ but originally called Chateau Mayne des Carmes ]; and R.Rieussec which is a dry white wine under the simple Bordeaux appellation Read less

98-99 Points, James Suckling: "Lots of botrytis here in addition to dried mushrooms and dried fruit such as pineapple and peaches. Medium to full body. Medium sweet. Very long and intense. A triumph." 4/17 93-96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2016 Rieussec is gorgeous. Despite the relatively low acidity of the vintage, it preserves a good deal of aromatic freshness, with plenty of lemon confit, passion fruit and coconut overtones. The decision to lower the Sémillon a touch and increase the Sauvignon Blanc has paid handsome rewards. The 2016 is not a truly profound Sauternes - that would have been nearly impossible this vintage - but it comes close. Quite frankly, it is nearly impossible to spit." 4/17 92-94 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Rieussec is a blend of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle picked form 26 September until 4 November. It has a much more straightforward bouquet compared to the 2015 with light honeysuckle and white flower aromas. There is good acidity in the mouth thanks the passerillé berries, nicely balanced with a touch of orange zest towards the linear finish that will hopefully gain more weight during its élevage. It is likely to be an earlier-drinking Rieussec than the 2015." 4/17 #230

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