R de Rieussec 2016
• Domaine: Château Rieussec
• A.O.C.: Bordeaux Blanc Sec (Dry White)
• Grape Varietals: 57% Sémillon, 43% 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: Once again, the winter started with a period of very mild weather from December to the end of January. Fortunately, a cold spell arrived in February and continued until bud break, around 8 April, resulting in a few frosts in the surrounding area.
Spring was wet until mid-June but this did not disrupt flowering, which began on 9 June. The summer was then very hot and dry and there was some concern prior to the harvests regarding the likely quality and freshness of the dry white wines.
"Powerful, harmonious nose with notes of citrus, mango, and other exotic fruit. The direct, energetic attack on the palate presents the same exotic, fresh character. The wine presents plenty of volume and good harmony. The buttery notes from the barrel-ageing have a definite presence and will quickly become integrated to give the wine more complexity. The finish is backed up by a pleasant acidity." - Estate Tasting Note
"The 2016 R de Rieussec has a strict and quite stony bouquet with dew-speckled green apples and a touch of freshly sliced pear. The palate is well balanced with touches of peach skin and nectarine, a crisp line of acidity with pleasant salinity towards the finish. Drink this dry white from the Rieussec team over the next five or six years." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Ratings: 88-90, Drink: 2018-2023