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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2001

Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2001

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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2001
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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2001 Overview

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Chateau Rieussec is a prestigious winery located in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux, France. As a Premier Cru Classé, which is the highest classification for Bordeaux wines, its wines are renowned for their exceptional quality and complexity. The Chateau produces notably sweet white wines made from a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes, known for their noble rot or botrytis cinerea. The wines are deeply aromatic with honeyed flavors of apricots, peaches, and tropical fruits with a lingering syrupy finish. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 18th century, and its wines have been highly coveted by wine enthusiasts around the world for their exceptional attributes.

Today, the vineyards owned by Chateau Rieussec extend over 93 hectares. They include sandy-clay soil that has a gravel-like texture. Additionally, the microclimate of the region is highly beneficial for the growth of most noble grape varieties. The winery uses conventional Sauternes techniques in the fields. The harvest of the matured grapes gets done selectively. It depends on the colour, texture, and plumpness of the fruit. Chateau Rieussec works with a low production to focus on each bottle of wine it develops. It ensures their high quality and standard.

Weather: The 2001 vintage was shaped by favourable climatic conditions in Bordeaux's renowned Sauternes region. A dry spring and an ideal summer set the stage for exemplary botrytis development, which in turn forged this wine's profound complexity.

Technical Information:
Grape Varieties: 96.5% Semillon and 3.5% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Bordeaux
Sub Region: Sauternes and Barsac
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Closure: Cork
Drink: Now to 2035

Tasting Note: A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035. - Tasted by Robert Parker
Chateau Rieussec History
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Expert Reviews
100/100
James Suckling
“This is a crazy wine! It's sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great density and power, yet balanced and refined. So amazing, but give this five to six years still. Pull the cork in 2016. 145 grams RS. ”
99/100
Robert Parker
“A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035.”
94+/100
Neal Martin
“Tasted at the IMW Lafite seminar in London. The 2001 Rieussec has a very intense bouquet with lifted notes of lime cordial, tropical fruit, light honey and a touch of coconut, that patina of new oak very strong and rendering it very Yquem-like. The palate has a sweet almond and Turkish Delight-tinged entry. For me, it is just a little oaky (50-60% new) although there is very good weight and intensity. It just seems to miss personality and tension towards the honeycomb and almond paste finish. I remember being more astounded by this a few years ago, but that oak needs to become more assimilated into the wine.”