The 2017 R de Rieussec is a stunning wine that melds together the richness of Sémillon with the vivacity of Sauvignon, with a smattering of tropical accents that give the R its distinctive personality. Passion fruit, mint, pineapple white flowers, apricot and orange confit are some of the many nuances that give the R its alluring personality. In 2017, the R is absolutely delicious. Don't miss it. Drink 2020-2025.
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020|
Very aromatic with cooked pears, lemon rind, peaches and stone. This is very powerful and rich with depth and intensity that show superb power. Dense and foursquare with wild fruit. It’s phenolic and exciting. Needs a little time to soften the edges. Try after 2020.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2019|
Composed of 53% Sémillon and 47% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 R de Rieussec simply sings of ripe peaches, pink grapefruit and lemon curd with touches of elderflowers, honeysuckle and straw. The palate is medium-bodied and packed with zingy stone fruit and citrus layers, supported by a wicked backbone of freshness, finishing long and minerally.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com (236), April 2018|
The 2017 R de Rieussec is absolutely gorgeous. Orchard fruit, lime, white flowers and mint are beautifully delineated. There is a level of depth and density to the 2017 that is truly remarkable. At the same time, the 2017 preserves remarkable aromatic freshness as well as plenty of nuance. Today, the R is striking. Don’t miss it.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
The 2017 R de Rieussec had been bottled 10 days prior to my visit at Lafite-Rothschild. Half was vinified in barrel according to winemaker Eric Kohler, mostly the Sauvignon Blanc and the rest in stainless steel, with a short ageing on the lees until January. It has a simple, light lime flower and green apple scented bouquet, with just a touch of melon in the background. The palate is well balanced with a citric entry. The acidity here is bracing and sharp and there is an attractive lemongrass-tinged finish that lingers in the mouth. Fine.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|