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Rieussec Ex-Chateau 1988

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Berry Bros & Rudd review: Enticing on both the nose and palate with marmalade, smoke, and honey aromas. Very powerful and rich. This has the acidity and balance to develop long term.

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

Member Reviews for Rieussec Ex-Chateau

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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4.50 5
05/15/2009

Possible cork problem. Rich complex nose - banana, medicine, orange, flowers. Much less citrus than vsv, not very acidic. Subtle. Apples, apricot. Medium body, medium sweetness. Lots of cookie/biscotti/bread, but not over the hill. At peak or slightly past. Silky. $130


Snooth User: Hawk
45799283
4.50 5
07/28/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rieussec Ex-Chateau

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/24/2009

Deep, oaky aromas of honey, coconut, vanilla and creme brulee 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 ... Stephen Tanzer. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Rieussec 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Deep oaky aromas of honey coconut vanilla and creme brulee 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. 90 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/16/2011

A beautiful, fresh and elegant Sauternes, with apple pie, lemon and candied apple on the nose. Full-bodied, with bright and clean aniseed, apple and apricot flavors. Medium-sweet and a crisp finish.¿'88/'98 Bordeaux retrospective (2008). Wine Spectator. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Rieussec 750ml


External Review
07/16/2007

The 1988 remains a very backward wine. Full-bodied and powerful, extremely rich and dense, it may be the least evolved 1988. The nose offers enticing coconut, orange, vanilla, and honeyed scents. The flavors are highly extracted. The wine's acidity and youthfulness suggest this wine needs another 5-10 years of cellaring. It should keep for 30 years. Last tasted 11/94



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Berry Bros & Rudd review: Enticing on both the nose and palate with marmalade, smoke, and honey aromas. Very powerful and rich. This has the acidity and balance to develop long term.

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