Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 2016

92 Jeb Dunnuck | 91 Wine Advocate | 91 Wine Spectator


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Country: France

Region: Bordeaux, Sauternais

Variety: 80 to 90% Sémillon, 10 to 20% Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle

Terroir: gravelly, sandy clay soil;

Winemaking: fermentation in barrels; each batch is sorted after fermentation; aged 18 months in oak barrels

Château Rieussec was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. The estate then comprised 110 ha including 68 ha of vines. To better express the potential of Château Rieussec, rigorous measures were put in place with, among other things, more meticulous sorting of grains and fermentation in barrels which allows a much finer selection during the assembly of the great wine.

From the year 2000, the renovation of the aging cellars, the construction of a fermentation cellar and the technological development of the reception and pressing room also make an additional contribution to the permanent quality effort carried out since 1985. .

The first selection efforts were rewarded with the remarkable triad of vintages 1988, 1989 and 1990. But then from 1995 to 2005, a decade of very fine wines crowned these efforts. Time will have no hold on the remarkable 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005, among others! The Château Rieussec 2001 was also distinguished by the magazine Wine Spectator as -Wine of the Year- of the year 2004. -Chateau Rieussec

Jeb Dunncuk 92
Not yet bottled, the 2016 Carmes de Rieussec offers a medium to full-bodied, ripe, sweetly fruited, moderately honeyed style. This was a good, not great year for Sauternes due to the difficulty in the development of botrytis, but this has good purity, impressive balance, and is certainly delicious.

Wine Advocate 91
Pale lemon in color, the 2016 Carmes de Rieussec features notes of candied orange peel and honey-drizzled peaches with touches of beeswax and lemon curd. The palate is rich with a lovely line of freshness cutting though the stone fruit layers, finishing on a spicy note.

Wine Spectator 91
Packed with ripe, honeyed Sémillon, this wine has richness while also keeping plenty of freshness. Acidity and a crisp edge are balanced with the intense orange marmalade and spice flavors that will make this wine develop well.

Decanter 90
A quince and pineapple nose is followed by passion fruit and white peach flesh in the mouth. It’s a lovely fresh and floral Sauternes.


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