A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035.
|Score: 99||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
|Score: 95/98||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 93/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
The 2001 Rieussec is a blend of 96.5% Semillon and 3.5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 17 September and 25 October in three tries. This is a somewhat controversial wine, one I have tasted many times. It seemed to flare with brilliance in its youth and subsequently never replicated that performance. Here, it has a mature nose with dried honey, yellow flowers and honeysuckle, the palate well balanced with ripe dried mango and orange rind notes, though it does not possess the same killer delineation as the 2005 on the finish. It remains a lovely Sauternes, but in this vertical tasting, I found more nervosité in the 2005, at least at this stage. The question is whether it will have a second wind later in life? Time will tell. Tasted April 2016.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, January 2017|
|Score: 100||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (June 17/04), March 2002|
|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
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