White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Rieussec

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 526

  • galewskj wrote: 95 points

    September 9, 2019 - Thomas Pinot Noir Vertical (Dan's House): Consistent with my previous notes. Nice spice, a great balance between acidity and sweetness. I would love to try this in 10 more years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • rocknroller wrote: 96 points

    August 29, 2019 - Thomas Pinot Noir Vertical (Dan and Elise's, Mpls): Medium golden color. Drank a glass over 30 minutes. Brief note. Wow, peach, orange, blood orange, honey, simply beautiful, balanced, long and exquisite.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Mr T wrote:

    August 26, 2019 - My first of these and drunk with foie gras. Perhaps expecting too much, I thought it a pleasant Sauternes although I'm not sure I get why this is considered such a fabulous pairing. The wine is fairly mature but I should think will go many more years. Wine of the year, who knows?

  • Rupert wrote:

    August 20, 2019 - Disappointing. The acrid quality has become unacceptably obtrusive.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dream Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 31, 2019 - Nice caramel color with a distinct nose of Sauterne minerals. Excellent intensity and power with medium sweetness and a really good mineral-driven finish. A superb vintage of Rieussec with plenty of life left.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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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

    (Rieussec) Subscribe to see review text.

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

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

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

    (Chateau Rieussec Sauternes) Subscribe to see review text.

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

    (Chateau Rieussec Sauternes) Subscribe to see review text.

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

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

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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.

Winedoctor

  • 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.

Winedoctor

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 337 (2%)
  • In Cellars 15,344 (79%)
  • Consumed 3,657 (19%)

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