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1998 Château Rieussec (750ml)
  Producer: Château Rieussec lafite.com
Appellation: Sauternes - France (1er Cru Classé)
Type: sweet white
Varietal: Sémillon - Sauvignon Blanc - Muscadelle
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2001 vintage, 350ml bottle) : September 18, 2011 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
100 points "Top 100: 2004, Rank: 1 Like 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. Best after 2010. 12,500 cases made. Wine Advocate -- 99pts A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, carmelized 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 at its apogee between 2010-2035." Best 2010-2035
rated (1995 vintage, 750ml bottle) : January 9, 2008 , K&L Wines, San Francisco & Redwood City klwines.com
"For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that "Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines." Sémillon 95%, Muscadelle 2% and Sauvignon 3%. Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 26 months depending on the year, including 55% in new barrels."
rated (2001 vintage, 375ml bottle) : March 24, 2010 , RP
100 points