Rieussec dates back to the 18th century, when it was founded by monks. The estate was taken away from them during the French Révolution and passed into many hands thereafter. Barons de Rothschild (of Lafite) have been owners since 1984.
They undertook major efforts to renovate the estate from then until the year 2000, with a decisive impact on the quality of the wine.
When the grapes are judged not up to par, as in 1993, none of the wine is sold under the main château label.
Bordering on Château d’Yquem, Rieussec's 90 hectare vineyard consists mainly of gravel and clay soil.
Of course, picking is done only by hand and the vines are gone over several times in order to select only the ripest, most botrytized grapes.
Yields are particularly low at Rieussec, and it is said that production amounts to just one glass of wine per vine.
Rieussec is unquestionably one of the leading estates in Sauternes. The wines have a certain degree of opulence and a great deal of complexity. They have an aging potential of over thirty years in good vintages.
Thanks to its often exuberant style, Château Rieussec is a real treat for lovers of rich, complex Sauternes with good aging potential.
Regularly one of three best wines in the appellation, Rieussec produced a benchmark wine in 2001 and 2005. The 1997 and 1996 Rieussec are just starting to show their many qualities. The 1990, 1989, and 1983 Rieussec have also left a lasting impression.
Château Rieussec is a dependably good Sauternes representing a worthwhile quality/price ratio.
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