Chateau Rieussec 2002

91 points

Sauternes, Bordeaux, France. 13.5%

The famous 1983 Rieussec put me off the wine, I associate it with incredible levels of bortrytis and sugar – which is too like an Australian ‘sticky’ for me (I can buy these at home much cheaper than Sauternes).

This 2002 resets my opinion of Rieussec.  It’s fine and fragrant.  It’s lost the intensity of primary fruit of a young Sauternes and hasn’t really developed much in the way of the complexity of age – which sounds like a terrible time to drink it, and probably it is.  Then again it has lost the rawness of a young Sauternes, so it is very pleasurable.

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