Ranked as a Sauternes Premier Cru in 1855, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines for several generations. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that “Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines”. The modern history of Rieussec, and the beginning of a remarkable renaissance, starts with the purchase of the estate by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. A new winery was completed in 1989 and yields restricted to maximise quality. There are 92ha of vineyard, planted with 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. Fermentation takes place in barrels from DBR's own cooperage. Aging is 18 to 26 months depending on the year, including 55% in new barrels.
A lovely, bright, golden colour and a candied nose with delicious notes of figs and apricots. It has a superb concentrated, succulent, creamy palate with apple, caramel and overripe peach, relatively low acidity and a lovely long, intense finish.
Try with an appetiser of Roquefort and fig dip.