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Chateau Rieussec, 2005 Sweet Wine

Sauternes, 1er Grand Cru classe
***97 Points -The Wine Advocate***

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 14%


$76.41 USD

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The 2005 Chateau Rieussec is a monumental wine with outstanding balance and aging potential. A complex honeyed, spicy fruit cake and floral nose and a viscous, juicy palate with extraordinary acidity. A touch of creme brulee and apricots on the mid-palate and a formidable, long spicy - yet beautifully zingy finish. Drink now to 2035+.

For several generations, Chateau Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that "Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines".

Owned by the Barons de Rothschild of Chateau Lafite the chateau is next door to the hallowed ground of Yquem.

Rieussec's style is always one of intense power with an almost roasted richness on the palate. It produces very deeply coloured wines with great viscosity.

***95/100- Tom Cannavan***
As usual, a brilliant performance. The 2005 Rieussec is all mellow honey and rounded, deeply ripe and concentrated fruit. The palate displays lovely botrytis, with a mouth-filling presence and terrific orange verve and sharpness. Lovely structure here and real length.

Château Rieussec is a prestigious Bordeaux wine estate located in the Sauternes appellation, within the Bordeaux wine region of France. The estate is well-known for producing sweet white wines, specifically Sauternes, which are crafted from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes affected by noble rot.

Noble rot, or botrytis cinerea, is a beneficial fungus that dehydrates the grapes, concentrating sugars and flavors, resulting in rich, complex, and sweet wines. Sauternes wines, including those from Château Rieussec, are highly regarded for their sweetness, complexity, and aging potential.

Château Rieussec has a history dating back to the 18th century and has been classified as a Premier Cru (First Growth) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Over the years, it has established itself as one of the top producers of Sauternes wines.


Very good


***97/100 Points - Neal Martin for The Wine Advocate***
The 2005 Rieussec is a blend of 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle picked between 23 September and 27 October. It has a fabulous bouquet that is mineral-rich and tensile. The palate repeats its performance from last year: focused, tense, laden with botrytis-rich fruit with a crystalline and sorbet-fresh finish that seals the deal. One of the best releases from the estate in recent years. Tasted April 2016.

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