Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2011 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2011

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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2011 750ml
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Since the 1800s, this property has had an outstanding reputation when it was rated a First Growth estate of Bordeaux, and today continues to be a superstar of the appellation under the ownership of Lafite Rothschild. Planted to 92% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon and 3% Muscadelle, Rieussec's vineyard is one single unit which borders Yquem.
Category Dessert Wine
Region France, Bordeaux, Sauternes
Brand Chateau Rieussec
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Wine SpectatorIntense, with ginger, yellow apple chutney, dried pineapple and papaya flavors coursing through a finish that brims with singed almond and lemon chiffon flavors. This retains a touch of youthful rawness, featuring a bitter orange note that's yet to be absorbed. No need to rush or worry here. Best from 2018 through 2040. 6,000 cases made.

James Molesworth, 2015
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Wine EnthusiastCellar Selection. Layers of complex botrytis give this wine an immensely aromatic character. It is sumptuous and generous, ripe and full-bodied. The essential acidity comes through the dry structure of botrytis and sweet honey. The fruit is only just beginning to show and the wine is obviously very young. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, May 1, 2015
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Wine AdvocateTasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Château Rieussec 2011 transcends its somewhat "middling" performance from barrel and delivers a knockout wine in bottle. For sure, it demonstrates a lot of vanilla from the new oak on the nose, complemented by almond, French patisserie and touches of white peach. The élevage is more expressive than the terroir at the moment, although there is clearly a lot of fruit underneath. The palate is very well balanced, with thickly textured honeyed fruits that lacquer the inside of the mouth and stay there. This is extremely well balanced but very young and primal, yet the crescendo of flavors is very impressive. Tasted blind, I hazarded a guess that this might be Yquem '11. Enough said.

Neal Martin, February 2015