R de Rieussec 2015
• Domaine: Château Rieussec
• A.O.C.: Bordeaux Blanc Sec (Dry White)
• Grape Varietals: 62% Sémillon, 38% Sauvignon blanc
Château Rieussec, a well-known Sauternes (1er Grand Cru Classé), has been in the Barons de Rothschilds portfolio (of Lafite fame) since 1984. R de Rieussec is another true Bordeaux dry white that offers a quality price ratio that is hardly matched by its New World competition.
CLIMATE AND HARVEST CONDITIONS
Climate: The winter of 2014-2015 started out mild and dry. But, as is often the case, February brought colder weather, to the extent that bud break was delayed. Spring was warm and fine, but too dry, almost exposing the vines to water stress. Fortunately there was some rain at the beginning of June, which created ideal conditions for flowering. The summer was very hot until mid-August.
Ripening and harvests: Towards the end of the summer the weather was milder, with cooler temperatures that were perfect for a slow ripening of the grapes. The harvests at R de Rieussec took place from 2 to 9 September, with each plot and grape variety being picked at the ideal date.
"Beautiful nose dominated by flowers and lively citrus notes. Its refined style is enhanced by the very well-integrated wood that brings a pleasant complexity. On the palate, the attack is subtle, the wine then gains in volume, remaining perfectly balanced. Despite being the minority in the blend, the Sauvignon is well-expressed, without overpowering the Sémillon's elegance." - Estate Tasting Note
"The 2015 R de Rieussec has a crisp, slightly reserved bouquet with green apple and gooseberry scents, a touch of cold stone in the background. The palate is fresh and vibrant with good depth, although it needs a little more personality to come through on the Zen-like finish." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Ratings: 87-89, Drink: 2017-2021
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