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Château Rieussec

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2018
92
Pineapples, vanilla, honeysuckle and apricots fill the nose. The wine is sweet, almost unctuous, with an orange and sugary tropical laced finish. The wine was made from blending 58% Semillon and 42% Sauvignon Blanc.

Pineapples, vanilla, honeysuckle and apricots fill the nose. The wine is sweet, almost unctuous, with an orange and sugary tropical laced finish. The wine was made from blending 58% Semillon and 42% Sauvignon Blanc.

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2017
95
Concentrated with good depth of flavor allowing you to explore all the honey slathered orange and yellow tropical fruits, caramel and butterscotch. Rich and full, but with that necessary pop of acidity, this is a sweet treat.

Concentrated with good depth of flavor allowing you to explore all the honey slathered orange and yellow tropical fruits, caramel and butterscotch. Rich and full, but with that necessary pop of acidity, this is a sweet treat.

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Roasted nuts, pineapples, vanilla custard and apricots come on strong. The wine is perfectly balanced between sweetness and racy acidity, with a melange of over-ripe, spicy, sweet, tropical fruit and honey. The wine was made from blending 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc.

Roasted nuts, pineapples, vanilla custard and apricots come on strong. The wine is perfectly balanced between sweetness and racy acidity, with a melange of over-ripe, spicy, sweet, tropical fruit and honey. The wine was made from blending 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc.

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2016
95
Luscious, honeyed, yellow and orange tropical fruits, flowers, roasted nuts and apricots pop the moment the wine hits your glass. Plush, sweet and racy, so everything is on the up-side, the blast of honey-coated apricots, vanilla and candied orange rind in the finish hits all the right notes. This should age effortlessly for 25-30 years or more.

Luscious, honeyed, yellow and orange tropical fruits, flowers, roasted nuts and apricots pop the moment the wine hits your glass. Plush, sweet and racy, so everything is on the up-side, the blast of honey-coated apricots, vanilla and candied orange rind in the finish hits all the right notes. This should age effortlessly for 25-30 years or more.

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2015
96
Rich, lush, fat, sweet and juicy, there is fabulous intensity in the luscious honey-coated, tropical fruit, apricot and white peach filled wine. The acidity is there awarding this sweet treat lift and energy, making this just a pleasure to taste young. But the rewards come with aging, so give it at least anther decade more age if you can.

Rich, lush, fat, sweet and juicy, there is fabulous intensity in the luscious honey-coated, tropical fruit, apricot and white peach filled wine. The acidity is there awarding this sweet treat lift and energy, making this just a pleasure to taste young. But the rewards come with aging, so give it at least anther decade more age if you can.

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2014
94
Fresh, vibrant, and floral, the honey-coated apricots, roasted pineapple, candied orange rind, lemon curd, caramel, and vanilla nuances already shine through in the nose and on the rich, lusciously, sweet, vivacious, racy palate. With another decade of age, this should really begin to shine.

Fresh, vibrant, and floral, the honey-coated apricots, roasted pineapple, candied orange rind, lemon curd, caramel, and vanilla nuances already shine through in the nose and on the rich, lusciously, sweet, vivacious, racy palate. With another decade of age, this should really begin to shine.

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2013
95
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

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

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2011
94
Fat, powerful, intense and concentrated with sweet, lush, honey coated tropical fruits, apricot and peach, complicated by vanilla and spice notes is primary, yet already delicious. Give it time to develop and evolve and this should be even better.

Fat, powerful, intense and concentrated with sweet, lush, honey coated tropical fruits, apricot and peach, complicated by vanilla and spice notes is primary, yet already delicious. Give it time to develop and evolve and this should be even better.

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2010
93
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.

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.

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2009
96
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.

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.

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2007
93
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.

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.

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2006
92
Fresh, spicy and floral, the wine is on the orange, tangerine and apricot side of the style range, instead of tropical fruits. There is ample honey and acidity, but the wine lacks the richness, fat and depth found in the best vintages here.

Fresh, spicy and floral, the wine is on the orange, tangerine and apricot side of the style range, instead of tropical fruits. There is ample honey and acidity, but the wine lacks the richness, fat and depth found in the best vintages here.

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2005
94
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.

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.

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2003
94
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.

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.

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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.

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.

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2001
97
Fat, rich, sweet, dense and packed with ripe and overripe apricots, pineapple, vanilla and candied orange, all slathered in honey, vanilla and spice. Quite primary and sweet at the moment, the acidity seemed to hold back, while the sugars were in the forefront. I'd wait another 5 or more years to pop a bottle.

Fat, rich, sweet, dense and packed with ripe and overripe apricots, pineapple, vanilla and candied orange, all slathered in honey, vanilla and spice. Quite primary and sweet at the moment, the acidity seemed to hold back, while the sugars were in the forefront. I'd wait another 5 or more years to pop a bottle.

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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.

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.

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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

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

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1997
91
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.

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.

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1996
92
Caramel, marzipan, butterscotch, candied mango, orange rind, pineapple, and apricots all coated with honey make this lusciously textured, sweet, fresh, long, rich wine a delectable treat.

Caramel, marzipan, butterscotch, candied mango, orange rind, pineapple, and apricots all coated with honey make this lusciously textured, sweet, fresh, long, rich wine a delectable treat.

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1990
93
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.

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.

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1989
93
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.

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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1988
92
Orange, copper in color, the wine is fully mature. Still you find caramel, butterscotch, roasted pineapple, butter, apricot, macadamia nut and honey aromas. Some of the sweetness is starting to find, so now, the wine is slowly taking on more orange and mango with burnt caramel, instead of ripe tropical fruit. It is time to drink this before the fruit continues fading.

Orange, copper in color, the wine is fully mature. Still you find caramel, butterscotch, roasted pineapple, butter, apricot, macadamia nut and honey aromas. Some of the sweetness is starting to find, so now, the wine is slowly taking on more orange and mango with burnt caramel, instead of ripe tropical fruit. It is time to drink this before the fruit continues fading.

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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.

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.

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1986
93
Taking on a golden, coppery hue, the wine is all about its caramel, molasses, honeyed apricot, pineapple, creme brulee, and burnt sugar profile. Rich, sweet and fruity, there is ample freshness that keeps all that luscious textured, honeyed tropical fruit in check.

Taking on a golden, coppery hue, the wine is all about its caramel, molasses, honeyed apricot, pineapple, creme brulee, and burnt sugar profile. Rich, sweet and fruity, there is ample freshness that keeps all that luscious textured, honeyed tropical fruit in check.

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1983
92
This bottle was in outstanding condition. Coppery, orange in color, the perfume showed off its apricot, creme de caramel, butterscotch, candied orange and honeyed apricot profile easily. Lifted, energetic, yellow and orange honeyed fruits and molasses with caramel notes finished this sweet treat off. This is not a wine to hold for more development. If you are sitting on any, you should drink these sooner than later before the sweetness and fruits fade.

This bottle was in outstanding condition. Coppery, orange in color, the perfume showed off its apricot, creme de caramel, butterscotch, candied orange and honeyed apricot profile easily. Lifted, energetic, yellow and orange honeyed fruits and molasses with caramel notes finished this sweet treat off. This is not a wine to hold for more development. If you are sitting on any, you should drink these sooner than later before the sweetness and fruits fade.

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Deep in color, with an orange, copper, caramel color, the nose caught you with its orange marmalade, apricot, pine, flower. honey and caramel aromas. Fully mature, if not slightly past that point, the sweetness is starting to fade and the secondary orange, creme brulee and butterscotch notes are becoming more apparent.

Deep in color, with an orange, copper, caramel color, the nose caught you with its orange marmalade, apricot, pine, flower. honey and caramel aromas. Fully mature, if not slightly past that point, the sweetness is starting to fade and the secondary orange, creme brulee and butterscotch notes are becoming more apparent.

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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.

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.

5,315 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

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1978
80
With more than enough acid to make Timothy Leary happy, the fruit is really fading. If you have bottle, pop it as it's definitely in a state of declining.

With more than enough acid to make Timothy Leary happy, the fruit is really fading. If you have bottle, pop it as it's definitely in a state of declining.

6,306 Views   Tasted
1976
90
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.

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.

3,583 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

3,991 Views   Tasted
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

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

3,336 Views   Tasted
Deep orange, honey colored hue. Oranges, apricots, burnt sugar were easy to find in the nose. Very sweet with good depth, balance and length

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

2,951 Views   Tasted
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!

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!

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1964
85
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.

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.

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1924
89
Yes, it tastes old, but, only because it is 100 years of age. Still, there was ample caramel, creme brulee, marmalade and lemon curd topped with a drizzle of honey to make it fun, and interesting to taste. Drink from 2024-2024.

Yes, it tastes old, but, only because it is 100 years of age. Still, there was ample caramel, creme brulee, marmalade and lemon curd topped with a drizzle of honey to make it fun, and interesting to taste. Drink from 2024-2024.

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