2005 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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** Highly Recommended ** Shows enticing aromas of toffee, cream, dried apricot and caramel. Full-bodied, very sweet and thick, with honey and caramel flavors. Long and rich, oozing with sweet, ripe fruit, this is like liquid candy. Best after 2016.
You get both apricots and honeyed botrytis aromas that are followed through by a dry core, very full-bodied with richness, the sweetness of the yellow jam fruits, apricots and mangoes gliding over the palate. Delicious, and certainly ageworthy.
What a balance in this wine, notes of apple pie, honey, and spiced lemons. Full-bodied and sweet, with a bright acidity and dried citrus with honey and orange marmalade. 140 grams of residual sugar, but very fresh still. Beautiful now, but wait to pull the cork in 2012.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full yellow-gold. Expressive aromas of pineapple, coconut, sweet vanillin oak and spices. Then wonderfully thick, fat and sweet, with the exotic coconut character carrying through in the mouth. Finishes saline and powerful, with palate-staining flavors of pineapple, coconut and spicy oak. Conveys a strong impression of solidity.
92 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at The Arches. The Rieussec 2005 has a luscious creamy, vanilla-tinged bouquet with touches of honeycomb and almond, the oak noticeable even after several years of bottle age. The palate has a viscous entry with an attractive fatness in the mouth. There is clearly a lot of botrytis here and it delivers layers of almond, custard creams, honey and quince that build to an almost Yquem-like finish. Having tasted the 2001 Rieussec just a few days previously, the 2005 is the better Sauternes, especially with its clean, wonderfully focused finish. Excellent. Tasted February 2012." (7/2012)