White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château Rieussec

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 512

  • Richard Nabavi Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 28, 2019 - From a half-bottle.

    Deep amber colour with just a very slight pink flush. Beautiful, lush nose of mature Sauternes with notes of marmalade or candied orange. On the palate the marmalade follows through into a mid-length aftertaste.

    It's a very rich style of Sauternes, which stood up well to a Summer Pudding but would probably be even better with a fresh peach, or of course with blue cheese. However, for my taste it lacked a little freshness and complexity.

    No hurry to drink up, but equally no need to wait.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Keith Cooper Likes this wine: 90 points

    September 9, 2019 - Tasted at home with friends with dessert. The label had deteriorated (don't know why) but the wine is fine. Light amber colour. Complex, with apricot, honey, slight nuttiness. Well balanced, good levels of fruit and sweetness. Very enjoyable.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • melzar wrote: 93 points

    September 3, 2019 - Evolving much more quickly in bottle than the 2001. The wine is already beginning to turn amber. Unctious wine, tasting of honey, brown sugar and stewed apricots. Could use a little more acidity to balance the abundant sugar. Long,very sweet finish. Drank in Nashville with erter99 and friends.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • JCGuthrie wrote:

    August 25, 2019 - From memory - deep marmelade notes, with more structure than expected given the color. Consistent with my last note, I have increasing confidence that these will hold up over time, despite what seemed like early advancement. 92-93

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • La Grappe wrote: 92 points

    August 15, 2019 - Quite a deep yellow colour; very full and rich, with honey, burnt sugar and a touch of marmalade; mature but still quite fresh and should still keep well. A fine example.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/18/2008 (link)

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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2007, Issue #18 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/7/2005 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2011 (link) (17-18) points

    (Chateau Rieussec (Sauternes)) The nose here is just as immediately enticing as the other 2003s poured here, all richness and exuberance, but with a certain definition of aroma. There is crunchy, fresh barley sugar along with elements of marmalade, honey and apricot, although there is also a somewhat high-toned suggestion of volatility which presents itself before these other characteristics appear. Coconut macaroon too. The palate carries this volatility through into something of a medicinal feel, the wine showing a burnt-coffee edge alongside the obviously intense fruit. The acidity is on the lower side, especially compared to the Barsacs but there is still great character here. Grippy and substantial finish, although somewhat tempered by some harsh and spiky structural elements on the finish this time. A bit of a rough patch here I think. After 24 hours in the fridge it showed much better, still slightly sweet-confected, but with lots of lovely depth and character.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/26/2010 (link) 92 points

    (Château Rieussec) From 375 ml - medium apricot orange color; apricot, almond, creme brulee nose; rich apple, spice, apricot, almond, creme brulee palate; long finish 92+ pts.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    4/9/2009 (link)

    (RIEUSSEC) Rieussec Dear Friends, I've had a propensity toward sweet wines lately (maybe it's the dank Parisian spring (winter?) that has me huddled by the fire in need of dessert wine) but this wine simply cannot be topped for quality and value. You can downplay 2003 all you want but I'm not sure why? If you are into Sauternes and are looking for something to enjoy over the next decade (to avoid the sacrifice of your precious 2001s), I cannot think of a better price/value star than this. It delivers all the secondary quality that this estate has become synonymous with (plus an extra layer of exotic fruit) for a fraction of the 2001's price. Chateau Rieussec has elevated their status to just below that of Yquem and their 2001 is evidence of how far they've come since the 1970s. The 2003 is nearly the equal of Yquem - if you taste both wines blind, my guess is that half of you will prefer the Rieussec and it's price cannot be topped (Parker actually rated the Rieussec higher). This parcel has arrived directly from Bordeaux with the finest provenance available (it is not a pre-arrival) - it will be available for local pick up in a few weeks (early May due to posting laws). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 2003 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 375ml Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord8731

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2007 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau Rieussec Sauternes) From a half bottle. This vintage has a vibrant, yellow-golden hue which has some promise. It certainly has plenty of youthful character on the nose, which has a floral edge to the honey and pepper-spiced fruit. Deliciously fresh and creamy on the palate, rich, deeply concentrated, with a forceful structure beneath it all. Hugely characterful flavour too. Lots of creamy-oily botrytis in evidence too. Quite grippy. Slightly low acidity, but this still has an adequate structure and backbone. This is impressive wine indeed.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 071570017781, 087000332652, 087000337510, 087000339958, 3249991820113, 3258691214795, 3296361000316, 3296361000330, 3296361009104, 3419466170832, 4000115859568, 722358281503

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 497 (3%)
  • In Cellars 10,866 (70%)
  • Consumed 4,231 (27%)

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Grilled yellow peaches with vanilla ice cream and bourbon walnut sauce., icebergs lunch, Pumpkin & Apple Pie, with caramel apple pie. It was awesome with the caramel.

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