Among the purest, move evocative Sauternes I have tasted. The deeply honeyed bouquet and palate also feature tropical and stone fruits (fresh and dried), fruit blossoms, lemongrass, candied citrus peel, herbs, essential oils, and minerals. Exceptional balance and with medium plus to high acid, the wine paints the entire palate. This young wine carries tremendous latent power and elegance that will undoubtedly be manifest with time. 95-97.
This is a very nice sauterne. Pineapple and tropical fruits on the nose with pear and apricot on the pallet. All three of us who tried this independently came up with a little banana on the pale s well. The sweetness is not overbearing and it's a medium to full body wine. Refreshing for a dessert wine.
Classic Sauternes on the nose. Based on the aromas alone I would have rated this 92-94, but this bottle fell flat on the palate. The acidity was there but the fruit felt hollow and muted. Did not improve noticeably over 60 mins in the glass.
Well with all the discussion regarding the 2011 v2009 , I thought I would try it. Very delicate, fresh and subtle with , in my opinion, a little too much acidity. I'm being very critical here, but compared to the 09, it is a different wine . I prefer the weight and viscosity of the 09 along with the better balance and more promise of good cellaring I will throw my money at any of the 09 Sauternes but will pass on the 11's.
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(Château Rieussec (Sauternes)) Residual sugar 147 g/l, total acidity 3.9 g/l. A very rich and impressive style here, clearly showing deeply buried character, as there is concentration and well-defined fruit complicated by deep, white-nut character, perhaps blanched almonds, textured and deep but not suggestive of the evolved, nutty character of maturity. The palate is rich and energy-filled, pure and with the same fruit character as the nose, but with a bright and pure tone. The acid seam running underneath the wine is fabulous, giving a bright definition to the wine. Superb potential here. Lots of grip and form to it suggestive of deeply buried botrytis.
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