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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).
Blend: 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
2005 was marked by drought. Only 127 mm of rain fell during the winter, and after an April with slightly more rain (129 mm), the dry weather began again at the end of May. The summer was very hot in June and July, then cooler in August and September, which allowed slow ripening and good balance between body and freshness.
TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING)
Beautiful intense golden colour. Pleasantly fresh bouquet, with jammy notes and candied fruit (apricots, figs). Round and smooth on the palate, with candied notes and a long finish.