Rieussec 2017

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

Rieussec is one of the most famous names of Sauternes and is under the same ownership and management as Chateau Lafite. The vineyard is mainly planted with Semillon and a smaller proportion of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Rieussec was affected by the frost, losing around 15% of the production although, it was more located in parcels that are designated for the dry white R de Rieussec. Eric Kohler told me that it was a relatively rapid picking. It has around 125gm/L residual sugar. It has a clean but slightly distant bouquet, does not really exude the richness that you expect from Sauternes. The palate is medium-bodied and more promising than the nose: a viscous opening, quite spicy and slightly Auslese in style. The acidity is well balanced and it becomes increasingly lively towards the lychee and fennel-tinged finish, as if compensating for the nose. Drink 2022-2048.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

Blended of 83% Sémillon and 17% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Rieussec gives up beautiful notes of orange marmalade, beeswax, acacia honey and yuzu with touches of lemon tart, grapefruit pastilles and musk perfume. The palate is full, rich and unctuous with incredible layers of citrus and honeyed fruits, finishing very long and perfumed.

Score: 96/98Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

This is very focused and an intense with so much spice and dried lemon character with cloves and dry mushroom too. Full body and very sweet yet finishes dry and spice. Harmonious and great.

Score: 97/98James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

83% Semillon with 17% Sauvignon Blanc. Picked 26th September to 12th October. Bright lemon colour, with a rich and sweet, enticing nose of honey, vanilla and brioche. The palate is thick and viscous, with great concentration, weight and drive of honeyed fruit. There is good acidity here, and a touch of earthy complexity from botrytis. The sweet spices on the palate make for exotic and tropical mango, pineapple, clove and cinnamon flavours that linger on the long finish.

Score: 16.5+Farr Vintners, April 2018

The nose has a rich mix of flavours the palate has depth the ripe apricots backed by candied orange peel honeyed and rich in the middle. An attractive balance tangerine freshness lies under the sweet fruit the finish has a touch of savoury botrytis. Drink 2025-2040.

Score: 90/94Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

This is an effortless Rieussec that's elegant and harmonious, displaying a wonderful quickening through the mid-palate compounded by a confident and energetic uplift on the finish. It has an excellent silky texture, and although the acidity and sweetness play off against each other, they could go a little higher. They were 15% affected by frost here, but only on plots used for their second wine and dry white wine.
Drinking Window 2020 - 2040

Score: 94Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Incredibly stylish, full-bodied and loaded with burnt orange notes, this is an amazingly detailed wine and one of the finest vintages of Rieussec in recent years.

Score: 19+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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