Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2005

07-Apr-2014
Chateau Rieussec one of a small group of Sauternes properties ranked just beneath Chateau d’Yquem, arguably the greatest sweet wine in the world. It is part of the Domaines Barons de Rothchild, the ‘Lafite’ branch of the family and was acquired in 1984. The family revitalised the 110 ha estate which included 68 ha of vineyards, building a new maturation cellar in 1989 and fermentation cellar in 2000. The vineyard now measures 93 ha, planted to the proportion of 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon and 3% Muscadelle. The wine is fermented and aged 16-26 months in barrel, approx. 50% new, and the total annual production of Chateau Rieussec, Carmes de Rieussec and Chateau de Cosse is approx. 10,000 cases. Charles Chevallier is the domaine director and Serge Lagardere the cellar master. www.lafite.com For a number of years, Paul Mitchell, ‘The Wine Importer’, has been able to source quantities of Sautuernes, including Rieussec, and offer the wines at prices lower than through other channels in New Zealand. He has the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages available in limited quantities. Here, I review the 2005, from a drought year. www.wineimporter.co.nz

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