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DBR | Château Rieussec 2010

I don’t always drink sweet wine, but when I do… it’s (most likely) Sauternes!

Today we are reviewing a classic holiday treat of mine, Château Rieussec 2010 (1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855), an intense sweet wine from the Sauternes appellation in the Bordeaux region of France. 

About the wine:

  • Country of origin: France
  • Production Area: Sauternes, Bordeaux
  • Producer: Château Rieussec  (Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)
  • Grape(s): 92% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon, 3% Muscadelle
  • ABV: 14%
  • Aging: 18 to 26 Months in French Oak
  • Average Price: $60

Tasting Notes:

Sight: Clear color with a medium + concentration. Intense gold color with a very light rim variation. Heavy tearing reflecting the high level of sugar.

Nose: Clean and beautiful nose. Powerful intensity with strong botrytis influence. Ripe peach, pineapple, passionfruit and honey.

Palate: Palate that only confirms the nose. Sweet. Ripe stone fruits (peach, nectarine), pineapple and honey. Perfect minerality and subtle oakiness. Medium acidity, medium alcohol and medium + body. Round texture, medium + finish and medium complexity.

Conclusion: Absolutely amazing wine that only matched my expectations. Could easily age for another 10-12 years, and I can’t wait to open the next one! Would definitely recommend!

Want to try it for yourself? Check out Wine Searcher to find it near you.

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