2002 Rieussec, Sauternes (Previously $60)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium yellow-gold. Young, pure and rather restrained on the nose, with the wine's oak component currently dominating exotic fruits, hazelnut and honey. Quite opulent on the attack, then large-scaled and solidly structured in the middle palate, with flavors of apricot, honey and clove. Big but not heavy, and not yet showing the flavor interest of the 2003. But this is quite closed today. Finishes thick, strong and long, with notes of vanilla, spices and nuts. (ST)
Aromas of apple tart, cream and honey follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of sweetness and a dried pineapple, vanilla and honey aftertaste. Outstanding intensity. Best after 2008. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(No tasting note given)
Given the line up of vintages this 'lighter' year was a pleasant surprise. Less opulent than the others but elegant in style with apparent acidity and freshness. Aromatically, the notes are more currant and honey, the palate medium-bodied, linear and fresh with middling length.
Quite rich for the vintage. Creamy texture with plenty of body on the palate. Bigger and fatter than their '01.