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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/24/2012, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Rieussec) Light orange color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; lovely, baked orange, apricot, baked apricot, tangerine nose; silky textured, baked orange, baked apricot, orange marmalade, ripe tangerine palate; long finish (this is holding up beautifully)
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/21/2010, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Rieussec) From 375 ml - light medium golden color; botrytis, apricot, powdered sugar, baked apricot nose; rich, botyrytis, apricot, peach, confectioner's sugar palate; long finish 93+ pts.


  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19+ points

    (Chateau Rieussec) From a half bottle. A gloriously deep and yet vibrant golden hue in the glass. First impressions are of honey drizzled over oranges, with stronger botrytis elements becoming apparent with a little air, including some fleeting touches of caramel, alongside pistachio nuts. The palate is divine, although rather soft at present it still seems to maintain a splendidly detached, lightfooted character as it dances across the palate. It has finesse, very nicely polished flavours of honey and nuts, backed up by a most wonderful bitterness and grip which lends the wine true status. Elegant, substantial yet harmonious, this is a superb effort, very stylish and also broad and fabulously long. Stunning; what a shame...I only have another ten halves left!

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/4/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Rieussec) Brown sugar and coconut nose; good coconut, tropical fruit palate with orange peel and good acidity; medium-plus finish (great with Citizen Cake's Retro Tropical Shag Cake)

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Weekend in Macau, 9/9/2007 96 points

    (Rieussec) A half-bottle of 2001 Rieussec rounded out our evening. I generally don’t do dessert or dessert wine, as I find the sugar too much for me after a big meal, but I do appreciate the sweet stuff even though my stomach does not. The Rieussec was such a baby. Candle wax was incredibly primary, along with ‘nougat, honeycomb and butterscotch.’ Orange marmelade and apricot flashed sweetness in the nose, along with ‘macadamia nuts,’ musk and more honeycomb. ‘Ocean sea salt and fish’ was the last descriptors to come out of my friend’s increasing comments, and I totally saw them all. In the mouth, the Rieussec was rich, balanced and oily without being cloying and heavy. One could feel the potential

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    11/30/2006, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Rieussec) White flowers, honey, bright tangerine, marmalade and botrytis. The palate just had it all going on. Opulent and rich with unbelievable texture. Great acidity and explosive finish. Easily the class of these.


  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19.5+ points

    (Chateau Rieussec Sauternes) From a half bottle. Without doubt probably the most talked about wine of this vintage, thanks to an excess of pointy awards. Prices have rocketed. This has a glistening, honey-gold hue. The nose is very fine, with a palpable vibrancy, the freshness of oranges and blossom and freshly scraped vanilla pod, intermingled with chalky, minerally botrytis. Immediately apparent on the palate is a beautifully plump texture, its creamy weight infused with honey, mineral and botrytis richness. This has patent intensity, but also has a divine integration and is very finely poised. And it is very, very long. This is remarkable, and has amazing potential for the cellar. I understand completely why this wine has received such accolades, and I look forward to drinking the rest of my case over the ensuing years.

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