White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Château Rieussec

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 172

  • FrancoNapan Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 1, 2018 - Apricots and honey with incredible brightness despite its age.

  • SGoenophile Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 30, 2018 - Deep copper color. Rich, almost treacly in its concentration but not cloyingly sweet. On the palate, notes of coconut, honey and marmalade. Complex and well evolved. Good length on the finish. Makes a good dessert on its own. Excellent Sauternes.

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  • rossi.wine wrote: 92 points

    February 10, 2018 - From 375ml. Golden-yellow in colour, concentrated notes of dried fruit, honey, marzipan, spices on the nose. Good acidity on the palate, but still quite dense and heavy, good length. Quite linear. 91-93

  • empire80 Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 27, 2017 - From a half, incredibly fresh but so much concentrated fruit. Had this alongside a younger (and cheaper, but decent enough) sauternes and the difference was amazing.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

    December 19, 2017 - Tropical and orange fruits combine to produce a complex, fresh, honeyed wine with more than enough creme de caramel, custard, apricot tart, vanilla bean and butterscotch to please any sweet wine lover. The wine is concentrated, lusciously textured and ready for its prime time drinking window.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2018, Issue #73, Recently-Tasted Sauternes and Barsac February 2018, 1/1/2018

    (Château Rieussec (Sauternes)) 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 1998, IWC Issue #79 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    11/17/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Château Rieussec) Light medium apricot color; apple, apple brandy, apricot, tangerine, pear, apricot strudel nose; tasty, baked orange, apricot, apricot honey, tart orange, creme brulee palate with good acidity, needs 3-5 years yet; long finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Rieussec (Sauternes)) An appealing colour although not the most concentrated of golden hues here. The nose has an evolved botrytis character which holds some promise, and on the palate it has more of this apricot-tinged sweetness, although I sense it is a little drier than I expected. There is a nice presence of acidity but it is not the most forthright, giving it a rather soft feel. Good flavour though, and a nicely tangible substance on the palate, with a light grip. Plenty of presence and style, but just a rather soft Sauternes feel to it, especially lined up against Huet's Cuvée Constance in the same vintage. And yet there is probably more evolution to come in terms of flavour and aroma here.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • 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 Code 087000332652

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 45 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,632 (67%)
  • Consumed 749 (31%)

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