The team at Chateau Rieussec have conjured a stellar wine in 2009. There is a little reduction at first that fortunately blows away, revealing thickly layered scents of honey, Danish pastry and quince that appear to gain vigor with every passing sip. The palate is stunning: very viscous in the mouth with tangy grapefruit, honey and white peach. It is still primal, but the acidity is perfectly judged and there is a life-affirming sense of precision and tension towards the finish. Exceptional. Drink now-2045.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (205), February 2013|
The minerality and stoniness really comes through on the nose of this Rieussec, more than the 2007. The palate is very well balanced with superb acidity, real tension, steely with great precision with notes of apricot, white peach and honey on the beautifully defined finish. Probably the best Rieussec since the astounding 2001.
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Lemon peel and pear tart on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with good acidity, lemon meringue flavors and a spicy finish.
|Score: 92/95||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Heavy and rich and wonderfully sumptuous. Great richness. Density and breadth. Still very chewy but there is lots here. Very rewarding. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2018-2036.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Rieussec is always one of the most popular names of Sauternes and, after Yquem, usually the best wine of the appellation. 85% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle in 2009. Not yet tasted by us.
| ||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
The nose is fleshed out by ripe fruit, apricots, pears and fleshy yellow peaches. The lushness is balanced by lime and lemon freshness that gives a more elegant, racy feel on the mid palate and helps to bring out the Noble Rot spice that lurks towards the back. Drink 2022-2060.
|Score: 93/97||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Punters who want to secure a rare case of Château Lafite are often required to purchase one or more cases of Rieussec, too. This won't be a hardship in 2009, because the wine is very stylish, with flavours of pears and cinnamon, good acidity and plenty of sweetness (160 grams per litre). Not quite a superstar Sauternes, but certainly an impressive wine. 10+ years.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, April 2010|
Massive, with great transformed level of alcohol, useful when the sugar content is so high too, a monument of a wine, but a wait of 10 years at least will be necessary to do justice to its majestic power.
|Score: 18||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|