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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Rieussec, like many Bordeaux wine properties was confiscated during the French Revolution. This led to an auction around 1790 when it was sold to the Marheilhac family. At the time, they owned Chateau La Louvière, located in Pessac Leognan.

Following the 1855 Classification, Rieussec passed through numerous owners including the Gasquetoner family. The Gasquetoner’s also owned Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe. This was followed by numerous changes in ownership until it was purchased by Alain Vuillier.

In 1984, Alain Vuillier was running out of money and he sold Chateau Rieussec to the owners of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Domaines Barons de Rothschild. They bought the property in a partnership with Albert Frere. Fere was quite familiar with Bordeaux as he already owned a portion of Chateau Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion. The following year, in 1985, Charles Chevallier was placed in charge of managing Chateau Rieussec.

13 BQ Chateau Rieussec Sauternes Bordeaux Wine

The Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Rieussec is one of the largest wineries in the Sauternes appellation. The property has great terroir. It sits next to Chateau d’Yquem on the east. The vineyards of Rieussec extend all the way to the border of Fargues and Sauternes. The vineyard covers 92 hectares with its gravel, sand, clay and limestone terroir. The Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Rieussec is planted with 90% Semillon 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,500 vines per hectare.

Like all the top Bordeaux wine producers in Sauternes, the harvests are done in passes. This length of the harvest and amount of passes is determined by the ripeness of the fruit and more importantly, the level of botrytis found on the grapes. The harvest could last for as long as 6 to 8 weeks. Chateau Rieussec has clearly benefited from being owned by the Rothschild’s. Numerous technical improvements in the vineyards and the wine making facilities has helped vastly improve the wines of Chateau Rieussec. The wines are vinified in small lots which allows for vinification on a level that is even more precise than a parcel by parcel basis. The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak for 30 months.

Chateau Rieussec also produces a dry white name, marketed under the name, R de Rieussec. There is a second wine, which is available under three names, Carmes de Rieussec, de Cosse and Clos Labere. The annual production of Rieussec is close to 5,000 cases of Sauternes per year.

Rieussec is close to the top of the Sauternes pyramid.  With concentration of flavors, thick textures, sensations of honey drenched pineapple, orange, apricot, mango and nectarines with vanilla and caramel notes are easy to find. This is a stunning wine that can age for decades.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Rieussec

    1. Filled with nutty and fruity notes of orange, pineapple, honey, and citrus, this rich, dense wine is lively and long with the right balance of freshness, sugar and acidity. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  2. 2010 Château Rieussec

    1. Sweet apricots, peach, orange and pineapple with honey, freshness and a generous finish are on full display with this wine. It lacks the depth found in the best vintages however. Drink this young if you like your Sauternes on the primary side. Age it for a decade or two, if you want more caramel and crème brulee sensations.

      93 points - Tasted
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  3. 2009 Château Rieussec

    1. Thick layers of ripe, over ripe and extremely ripe tropical fruit, peach and apricot drenched in honey, nuts and vanilla custard with the right, refreshing zip to keep it lively and fresh. Of course this is very young, but it[s so tasty, it's hard not to pop a cork on this now. I imagine it's going to get better and my score will look chintzy in the years to come.

      96 points - Tasted
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  4. 2007 Château Rieussec

    1. Big, bold, rich, thick, concentrated and filled with honey drenched, tropical fruit, citrus rind, apricot, orange blossom and vanilla, the wine is still primary and wants more time. If you cannot keep your hands off it, enjoy it for its fresh fruit, honey, spice, creme brulee and nutty personality. At maturity, I imagine it'll deserve another point or two.

      93 points - Tasted
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  5. 2005 Château Rieussec

    1. Vanilla bean, honey coated tropical fruit, apricot and macadamia nut aromas move you into a lush, fat, sweet, dense wine with lots of sweetness, yet enough, much needed freshening acidity. Still young as expected, it's a lot of fun tasting these wines in their youth.

      94 points - Tasted
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  6. 2003 Château Rieussec

    1. Thick, rich, intense and packed with layers of perfectly, ripe tropical fruit slathered in honey, vanilla and nuts, this is a beautiful, sweet Bordeaux that offers a lot of pleasure today, and in the future.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Thick, rich, intense and filled with sweet, tropical fruit, spice, vanilla, orange blossoms and buckets of honey. The wine feels a bit heavy in the mouth. Very sweet. I wish it had a bit more acidity to give it life. Still young, the jury will continue to deliberate. Give it another 5 years and see how it develops.

      94 points - Tasted
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  7. 2001 Château Rieussec

    1. Clearly, this is a rock star in the making! Fresh, ripe, honeyed pineapple, orange, nectarine, toasted nuts, vanilla and coconut aromatics are a treat to swirl and sniff. Full bodied, concentrated and packed with deep, perfectly ripe fruit, this attention grabbing Sauternes is worth having in the cellar.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. The wine sports a deep orange hue. This is so concentrated it seems like liquefied, honey-drenched fruit, but there’s enough acidity to keep it fresh and lively

      97 points - Tasted
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  8. 1997 Château Rieussec

    1. This is surprisingly light for such a successful vintage in Sauternes. Perhaps that is due in part to the higher than usual percentage of Semillon in the blend. On the palate the wine displays honeysuckle, orange, citrus, vanilla and honey scents. Medium bodied, fresh and open for business, this is a nice sweet, white Bordeaux wine that lacks the same depth found in the top vintages of Rieussec.

      91 points - Tasted
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  9. 1990 Château Rieussec

    1. I'm never sure I'm spelling this Chateau correctly. Orange, copper tinted in color shows off a beautiful, orange marmalade, honey, nectarine and orangesicle nose. Rich, fat and sweet. The wine easily flows across your palate with honey drenched pineapple, peach, nectarine and apricot.

      93 points - Tasted
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  10. 1988 Château Rieussec

    1. With the typical copper, orange hue that comes with the patina of age to Rieussec, the wine offers caramel, pineapple, peach, candied apple, apricot and orange rind topped with honey. This is close to fully mature. There is no reasons to hold this wine for much longer. Pop it and enjoy.

      92 points - Tasted
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  11. 1983 Château Rieussec

    1. With more attention focused on burnt caramel, petrol and creme brulee than fresh honeyed fruits, this is on the slow, downward side of life. Still a treat, with its honeyed orange marmalade and tropical fruit finish, this is not a wine I'm going to continue to hold.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Filled with caramel, crème brulee, tropical fruit, spice, apricot and honey, this Sauternes is fully mature and could be starting to fade. I’d opt for drinking this sooner than later.

      91 points - Tasted
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  12. 1976 Château Rieussec

    1. Orange and copper in color, this fully mature Sauternes offers complex aromas of honey, nuts, nectarines, crème brulee, caramel and orange rind. The fruit is gently fading while more brunt aromas are appearing. Even though this was the best showing of this wine in a few years, there is no reason to cellar it any longer. Drink up.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Showing burnt orange and copper colors. This bottle seemed dull, tired and lacking in sweetness compared to other examples I've tasted over the past few years. The wine is dropping its fruit. Drink up.

      87 points - Tasted
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    3. This fully mature, cooper hued Sauternes is a showcase for sweet, ripe, tropical fruit soaked in honey with layers of caramel dripping from the sides. This is not a dessert wine, it's a dessert

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. Deep orange, honey colored hue. Oranges, apricots, burnt sugar were easy to find in the nose. Very sweet with good depth, balance and length

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. The wine was the color of molasses with a texture almost as thick. It’s luscious style offered aromas of peaches, apricots, vanilla and coffee. The palate consisted of burnt orange, vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel dipped in honey. This was just as good on day two! This is not a dessert wine, it is dessert!

      93 points - Tasted
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  13. 1964 Château Rieussec

    1. This is the first Sauternes I've ever tasted from this vintage. This was tasted from a perfectly stored magnum, which definitely added to the quality. Better on the nose than the palate with its light, tropical, apricot and tinge of honey in the nose. Medium bodied, without a lot of sweetness, this needs to be consumed sooner than later, if you are lucky enough to have a bottle.

      85 points - Tasted
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