2014 Rieussec, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201331 97-98 points James Suckling

 This has a phenomenal finish. It’s dense yet agile with dried tropical fruits and spices. Honey, too. Yet so intense and powerful. It really lasts for minutes. Medium sweet yet so fruity and energetic. This shows how you can have ripeness with fruit and then lots of botrytis. Exciting wine.  (3/2015)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Rieussec 2014 is a blend of 93% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, picked from 15 to 29 October through seven tries, the yield half the normal crop at 13 hectoliters per hectare. Charles Chevalier, how lest we forget started here and not chez Lafite, told me that the beginning of September had overripe grapes with passerillage – the second part had very good levels of botrytis. The blend is from these two parts. The bouquet is very well defined with crystal clear honeysuckle and white peach scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with nigh on perfect acidity that makes this seem just so…effortless. I would like to see a little more persistence on the finish, but otherwise this is classic Rieussec that might...and I stress might...just give that Sauternes beginning with the 25th letter of the alphabet, a run for its money. (NM)  (4/2015)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Piled with richness and weight, this wine is ripe with honey flavors. The opulence is balanced by a line of acidity and brings the wine to a fine conclusion showing beautiful freshness and intensity. (RV)  (4/2015)

93-96 points Vinous

 The 2014 Rieussec is a real stunner. Rich, ample and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2014 boasts fabulous richness and exceptional overall balance. An exotic mélange of honey, mint, chamomile, jasmine, candied lemon and coconut captivates the senses. The voluptuous 2014 is a real showstopper from Rieussec. (AG)  (4/2015)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Praline, peach and pecan notes lead the way, followed by apricot and nectarine fruit flavors. Juicy and lush, this has good depth and the vibrancy to match through the finish. Tasted non-blind. (JM)  (3/2015)

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