White - Sweet/Dessert

1986 Château Rieussec

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 111

  • Billigan Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 30, 2019 - This was just dynamite and a big improvement from a bottle had 5 years ago. Much more expressive notes of toffee and marmalade on the very giving nose. Just a light touch of botrytis here to give it some spice, but nothing heavy or cloying or overly honeyed as this was very fresh and compelling on the palate. Incredibly youthful showing, especially from a half-bottle, and another reminder of what an overlooked, underpriced category Sauternes has become.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • ericindc Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 5, 2019 - The nose placed it firmly as in the early stages of maturity with vibrant spicy and fruity nose with some light butterscotch. Strong fruits, light caramel and butterscotch with brown sugary notes. Medium bodied with stronger acidity. Can drink now, but considerable upside if you wait 10+ years.

  • Old Claret Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 31, 2018 - Very good, but not special.

  • shorty01 Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 31, 2018 - After hibernating in my cellar for almost 30 years, I finally pulled the cork on this beauty. My experience with Sauternes is very limited, but happy to have waited this long. Honey and lemon curd descriptors come to mind, with ample acidity to make for a nice refreshing finish. A perfect finale to a dinner with good friends.

  • Richard P Howden Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 23, 2018 - From 375. Beautiful golden color. Rich nose of cinnamon, cheesecake, honey, lemon, and a hint of portiness. Silky honeyed palate with sharp edge of botrytis, enough acid to refresh the finish. Extremely good now.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/28/2013 (link)

    (Ch Rieussec Sauternes White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/10/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Château Rieussec) Medium dark red orange color; tangerine, apricot, reticent nose; tasty, smoky, orange and mineral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/7/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Château Rieussec) Medium orange color with red lights; sweet pink grapefruit and botrytis nose; nice, botrytis, baked apple, brown sugar and creme caramel palate; long finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2006 (link) 19+ points

    (Chateau Rieussec Sauternes) From one of my favourite Sauternes vintages, a vintage that, surprise, surprise, I wish I owned and drank more of. A light tartrate sediment, but otherwise a crystal clear mid-gold colour. A wonderful nose, honeyed, full of quince, barley sugar, all very bright and lifted. This is very fine. The same impression comes from the palate, which is upright and mineral, showing a little chalkiness through the midpalate. Full, quince and honey flavour, elegantly creamy but with very precise, well delineated acidity. A lovely balanced sweetness, and a divine length. This is an absolute stunner, which in terms of maturity is still very much on the up I feel. Excellent.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • Type White - Sweet/Dessert
  • Producer Château Rieussec
  • Varietal Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Sauternais
  • Appellation Sauternes

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (1%)
  • In Cellars 870 (68%)
  • Consumed 396 (31%)

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