White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Rieussec

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 535

  • Nutty08 Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 3, 2019 - More orange than expected but still showing well. Big wine, plenty of botrus. Fine acidity balancing the scale. Long finish l.

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  • aagrawal wrote: 97 points

    October 31, 2019 - 2001 Sauternes; 10/25/2019-10/31/2019: From 375mL, pop and poured. Golden-copper, appropriate for its age but darker than the '01 Suduiraut beside it; high intensity aromatics, much more savory than sweet aromas with clove, cumin, some musk, fresh Seville orange, plenty of botrytis spice, wild honey; palate is richer and more full bodied than the '01 Suduiraut, has a penetrating core of minerally acidity that gives the palate a twang throughout, still some residual oak with a bit of coconut, toasted spice, orange marmalade, honey, saffron; long persistent finish. Just like the '01 Suduiraut this is still young, showing a bit of its oak, and will improve dramatically with a few days of air, but overall this has a bit more unique character (and a bit denser mouthfeel) than the '01 Suduiraut (while the Suduiraut has more universal appeal with its sweetness and complexity of fruit). Also has 40-50 years ahead of it. The Suduiraut has had the edge over the Rieussec so far, though the Rieussec has made big strides since release when it showed quite youthful/oaky. 95-97.
    Day 2: Similar to yesterday, this is a bit denser and more advanced in maturity than the Suduiraut, but really developing a bit of caramel and long, long length on its finish today. Incredible botrytis character on both the nose and the palate. It has caught up to the Suduiraut and is now on the same level, which is the first time that's happened for me throughout the last decade. 96-97
    Day 4: Seems like this is more at early maturity now with more orange marmalade, plenty of saffron, caramel, but still plenty of youthful fruits. Excellent, 97+, and truly world class with more development ahead.
    Day 5: Similar to yesterday, but also slight alcohol showing on the palate (similar to the '01 Suduiraut).

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  • mattiasjansson wrote: 96 points

    October 22, 2019 - Shafer Hillside Select in Boston - Take II (Boston): Medium amber color. Intense nose. Dried, tropical fruits. Peach, quince. I've had the '01 Rieussec a number of times and this was one of the better examples

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  • andtheodor wrote: 94 points

    October 17, 2019 - Marvelous stuff that appears to be improving with age.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • brh_wine Likes this wine: 97 points

    October 13, 2019 - Perfect combination of honey sweetness great acidic balance and extra long expressive finish all in perfect combination. About as good as it gets. Had it with a pear tart with dollop of apricot jam. Fantrastic.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2018, Issue #73, Recently-Tasted Sauternes and Barsac February 2018

    (Château Rieussec (Sauternes)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/1/2012 (link)

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

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/11/2004 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2004, IWC Issue #115 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2003, IWC Issue #109 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/22/2002 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/24/2012 (link) 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 (link) 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.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2010 (link) 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!

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/4/2008 (link) 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)

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  • By Lyle Fass
    11/30/2006 (link)

    (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.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2006 (link) 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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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
  • UPC Codes 002907000060, 055596013750, 087000331587, 087000332652, 087000337510, 087000347618, 3277031703614, 3296361000118, 3296361000132, 3296361000231, 3419466170832, 4000115859568, 802236001413

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  • Pending Delivery 344 (2%)
  • In Cellars 15,418 (79%)
  • Consumed 3,774 (19%)

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