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Chateau Rieussec

Château Rieussec

2001

Château Rieussec is one of the richest and most exotic of all Sauternes. The 2001 vintage was further awarded the 'best wine of the year' in 2004 by Wine Spectator
Chateau Rieussec
€119.00
750ml
Ready, but will improve

American critic Robert Parker described this Rieussec as a monumental effort. He says that the 2001 boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035.

Renowned critic James suckling likened the 2001 to lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted.

Food Pairing:

Roequfort cheese, Foie gras, Apple Pie, Lemon cheesecake.

For those slightly more daring, pair with your favourite oysters.