With vineyards that border those of the iconic Château d`Yquem, Château Rieussec has long been considered amongst Sauternes’ best. Harvests last for 6 to 8 weeks with selective pickings depending on the ripeness of the grapes and evolution of noble rot.
Fermented in barrels and aged for 16 to 26 months in oak barrel, of which 50% is new. Aromas of honey, pastry and marmelade. Medium-bodied with a great acidity and a really long finish.
The 2010 Rieussec was missing a little intellect when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle it has become a contender for the finest Sauternes of the vintage. It is blessed with a pure and lifted bouquet with ripe peach, nectarine and honey, hints of shaved ginger poke their head above the surface with aeration. It is very subtle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity and convincing harmony. This is a sophisticated Sauternes with superb mineralite and outstanding persistency. I will confess that I pinned this as "Yquem" and was both shocked and pleased when its identity was revealed. Go buy. Drink 2016-2035.- 96 pts Neal Martin, Wine Advocate