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Château Rieussec has been a leading wine in Sauternes for several generations. Ranked as a Premier Grand Cru in 1855, it is made with a subtle blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. Production varies a great deal depending on the vintage, but on average is about 6,000 cases (however, none was made in 1977, 1993 and 2012).

From 90 to 95% Sémillon, 5 to 10% Muscadelle and Sauvignon. Ageing in oak barrels from 18 to 26 months depending on the year, 50 to 55% in new barrels.




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Vintage 2000

Vintage 2000

A tiny yield, but a quality vintage. Indeed, the fine early harvest, with developed botrytis on ripe grapes, was unfortunately followed by rain and so could not produce noble wines. In the end, only the initial harvests were kept, which made this vintage the lowest volume since 1993 (there was no fine wine that year due to insufficient quantity). It has a deep and gold colour. Its complex and balanced bouquet has a sweet fragrance. This delicious wine also has the same concentrated and balanced expression on the palate.

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Sehr schöne Süsse und gute Säure. Der Wein wirk reif und komplex - fast schon zu reif. Im Moment überwiegt aber noch die Frische und die schönen melassenen Organen- & Zitrusnoten. Ausladende Aromatik nach reifen exotischen Früchten. Er wird sich noch ein paar Jahre auf diesem Niveau halten bevor ihm die Frische abhanden geht und er mehr und mehr ins Überreife und Oxydative abdriftet. Die Bewertung gilt bis 2020.

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Bordeaux, Sauternes


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