Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2019
Register to watch our tasting: Re-thinking Sauternes with Ch teau RieussecOn Saturday, November 19, Jean-S bastien Philippe, International Director of the iconic Domaines Baron de Rothschild will shatter traditional notions of ideal Sauternes pairings when he joins our live tasting featuring the newly released 2019 vintage Ch teau Rieussec. Join us live as Wine.com host Gwendolyn Osborn and Jean-S bastien challenge the myth that Sauternes is purely a “dessert” wine and prove that it can be an exceptional and versatile food wine that both complements rich textures and contrasts with salty or spicy foods (think oysters, fried chicken and prosciutto!)We will be streaming this on Saturday, November 19th at 11:00-11:30am PST / 2:00-2:30pm EST. Tasting NoteDelicate golden color with soft green glints. Intense nose with tremendous aromatic richness. Initial notes of citrus zest are followed by lemon tart, and then toasted notes reminiscent of freshly baked brioche. The palate offers mandarin zest and candied orange, enlivened by a touch of star anise which underscores the wine’s aromatic freshness. Dense and rich, the palate has good length with a pleasant hint of bitterness on the finish. It is only in Sauternes that botrytis can develop, giving Rieussec its unique richness. This noble rot meets our grapes to create a delicate osmosis that we reveal by harvesting each grape at the ideal moment. Once bottled, our wine starts its life cycle, drinkable from the earliest stage to the longest aging potential: when kept chilled once opened, it can be enjoyed for several weeks without deteriorating and can match a thousand flavors and occasions from noon to midnight. Blend: 89% S millon, 9% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscadelle The 2019 Rieussec is absolutely gorgeous. Gracious and supremely elegant in feel, the 2019 is immediately impressive. An exotic melange of lemon confit, marzipan, white flowers, passionfruit and tangerine oil opens effortlessly. The 2019 is compelling from start to finish. Harvest took place from October 8 to 15, in three passes. The 2019 is the first vintage that will be offered in a stylish new bottle. It is no secret Sauternes has struggled of late. I must say I really liked the new and very modern presentation, which shows a more playful side of Sauternes that might just work in creating a bit more excitement around these wines. Pale lemon-gold in color, the 2019 Rieussec flaunts a delicately scented nose of fresh grapefruit, lemon curd, lime leaves and clover honey with wafts of jasmine, white truffles and nutmeg. The palate slowly builds, revealing layers of apple and citrus fruits with loads of savory accents, framed by refreshing acidity and a seductively oily texture, finishing on a lingering honey-nut note. Range: (94 – 96) This is the 2019, because Rieussec is no longer showing En Primeur but instead when it is in bottle. Marmalade and bitter orange peel is totally gorgeous, and this is one of the best Rieussec’s that I can remember. A ton of juicy minerality, not overly concentrated but full of fresh pineapple and white mango, white peach and pear. 120g/l residual sugar. A brilliant Rieussec with so much personality and a full, rich texture through the mid palate.