2013 Rieussec, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)
This has masses of bortrytis-spice character. It’s full but balanced and intense, with loads of dried-fruit character and a spicy, intense finish. Superb. I like the sweet-savory character.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The grand vin from Chateau Rieussec is a blend of 95.5% Semillon and 4.5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between September 26 and October 31 over four tries through the vineyard (although some blocks took more than that). The nose is a little closed at the moment, with light honey and a touch of marmalade. The palate is very well-balanced, very tense and focused with superb mineralite toward the lightly viscous finish. This is a classy number, a pretty Rieussec in the making.
Barrel Sample. Here is a powerful, full-bodied wine that brings out the rich botrytis flavors of the year while also presenting bright, crisp acidity. The wine is concentrated, tight and fresh at the end.
Still youthfully rambunctious, balanced by a terrific core of peach, apricot, mango and toasted almond flavors, with crystalized ginger, tangerine and quince notes. The long finish delivers serious power and freshness. Tasted non-blind.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(95.5% semillon and 4.5% sauvignon blanc): Full medium yellow. Pineapple and mango along with lemony botrytis and sexy vanillin oak notes on the enticing nose. Big, rich, dense and powerful, with and impressively rich semillon texture; pineapple and ripe, smoky yellow peach flavors are given a penetrating quality by strong, harmonious acidity. This firmly built, long Sauternes ought to age very well.
White fruits and a bit of floral perfume on the palate. Bright acidity, good length. This has stature and complexity – but has a long way to go to flourish fully.