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2011 Rieussec, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1091077 96-97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a fabulous Sauternes with dried peaches, pineapples and mango. Apricots and hints of spices. Even jam. Full-bodied, medium sweet with intense and powerful palate. This wine has 147 grams of residual sugar. So balanced and long. We will see what is better -- Rieussec or Yquem? Inner quote mark (4/2012)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine shows sheer opulence; it's beautifully rich and ripe, powered by complex flavors of orange zest and superripe mango. It’s fresh, showing this vintage’s character. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A very ripe, juicy, spicy style, with bold apricot, tangerine, toasted almond and papaya notes. Shows lots of power, with the length to match. A winner in the making. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (95% semillon, 3% muscadelle and 2% sauvignon blanc; 6 g/l total acidity; 147 g/l residual sugar): Dark yellow-gold. Spicy botrytis complicates aromas of fresh peach, passion fruit, rose water and marzipan, with an enticing floral quality providing lift. Suave and fine-grained, showing a more delicate than usual texture for this cuvee, with intense flavors of passion fruit, peach and saffron. A subtle, restrained example of Rieussec with nicely integrated acidity and very good finishing grip. Harvested between September 1 and November 2 in three to seven selective pickings per parcel. Inner quote mark (8/2012)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Rieussec has a lifted, at the moment quite oaky, bouquet with scents of honey, almond and pineapple. Hopefully it will develop more definition by the time of bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with tropical fruit and mandarin on the entry and a satisfying viscous core of honeyed fruit. It seems a little disjointed towards the finish, although I am sure it will become more cohesive by the time of bottling. For me, it just seems a little predictable. Drink 2015-2028+. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid gold, linseed and grapefruit mixed and a fine line of orange through the middle. Rich, golden and almost syrupy on the palate. A little sour and oily on the finish and so rich the acidity is hard to spot except that the whole is in balance. Spicy aftertaste and very long. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

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