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. Wines are fermented in barrels and aged for 16 to 26 months in oak barrel, of which 50% is new.
“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.” – 97pts Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, February 2013
French sweet/pudding white wine from Sauternes in Bordeaux France, made with Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
Located in the heart of the Sauternes Appellation, Chateau Rieussec is a 1er Cru Classé and has the highest altitude after Chateau Yquem. The Domaine has always enjoyed a very good reputation and is now owned by Domaines Barons de Rotshchild who have invested in the vineyard and stayed focused on the quality. Rieussec are usually deeply coloured, rich and alcoholic with excellent viscosity and show intense aroma of honey. View our selection.
The 93 hectares are planted with 90% Sémillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. Harvests last for 6 to 8 weeks with selective pickings depending on the ripeness of the grapes and evolution of botrytis cinerea (noble rot). Wines are fermented in barrels and aged for 16 to 26 months in oak barrel, of which 50% is new.
Two wines are produced at the property; the grand vin Château Rieussec and the second vin Les Carmes de Rieussec.