2013 Rieussec, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1161060 95-96 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/2014)

94-96 points 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.  (4/2014)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (3/2014)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/2014)

91-94 points 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.  (6/2014)

93 points Decanter

 Harmonious, well-integrated sweetness and lovely floral and dried mango notes. Linear profile and purity without any heaviness.  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (3/2014)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
Another Lafite property that is doing wonderful things. 95.5% Semilion & 4.5% Sauvignon Blanc with apricot blossoms and hints of candied lime with a gorgeous punch of candied ginger/orange peel.

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


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