Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2013

  Château Rieussec

A concentrated nose of dark forest honey and dried peaches, this is a big, bold blockbuster of a Sauternes. Very impressive rich and multi layered flavours of wild honey, apricot compote and exotic fruits, this needs an awfully long time in bottle before its approachable. A blend of 95% Semillon 5% Sauv, 123g per litre of sugar but the concentration and ripeness of fruit suggest more than this.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Rieussec

Chateau Lafite’s Sauternes property is producing wonderful wine. It is often one of the best wines when tasted en primeur, but the way the wine is distributed is not helping the brand’s profile.

Appellation: Sauternes

Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Sémillon is the principal grape, because it is especially susceptible to noble rot, Sauvignon is used for its naturally high acidity, whilst tiny proportions of the capricious Muscadelle are used for aromatic qualities. Sweet wine has been made here at least since the late 18th century. Its position is unique, close to two rivers, the broad Garonne and its small tributary, the Ciron. In autumn, the cool Ciron waters flow into the warmer tidal Garonne, evening mists develop that envelop the vineyards until late morning the following day, after the sun has burnt the mist away all that is left is moisture on trhe grapes that encourages noble rot or Botrytis cinerea. This fungus attacks grapes, causing them to shrivel, concentrating flavour sugars and acids. The wines were classified in 1855, the most prominent of which is Château Yquem, whose yields even in a vintage where noble rot is prominent, reach no more than 10 hl/ha.