1988 Rieussec, Sauternes
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Although the 1988 received the highest marks of the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages, it remains a very backward wine. Full-bodied and powerful, extremely rich and dense, it may be the least evolved 1988. The nose offers enticing coconut, orange, vanilla, and honeyed scents. The flavors are highly extracted. The wine's acidity and youthfulness suggest this wine needs another 5-10 years of cellaring. It should keep for 30 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, oaky aromas of honey, coconut, vanilla and creme brulee Sweet and plump in the mouth; the flavors of coconut and tropical fruit are initially dominated by spicy oak notes. Finishes with slight heat (the alcohol is a relatively high 14.7%) but also excellent persistence of flavor. This showed more development of flavor as it opened in the glass.
A beautiful, fresh and elegant Sauternes, with apple pie, lemon and candied apple on the nose. Full-bodied, with bright and clean aniseed, apple and apricot flavors. Medium-sweet and a crisp finish. (2009)
A reference vintage for Rieussec played with an element of risk. Charles Chevallier stopped the harvest on 4 November to start 10 days later on 16 November, finishing on 18 November. Now an incredibly elegant wine; fresh and balanced with a linear purity of fruit. The palate has a delicate harmony, the fruit and botrytis still apparent, the acidity adding vitality and life. Drink up to 2015. (17.5/20 points)