Rieussec 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White
TypeStill

Rieussec is one of the most famous names of Sauternes and is under the same ownership and management as Chateau Lafite. The vineyard is mainly planted with Semillon and a smaller proportion of Sauvignon Blanc.


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Tasting Notes

So much botrytis on the nose with spice, dried mushrooms and nutmeg. Dried lemons and mangoes. Full-bodied and medium sweet with density and, at the same time, lightness. I like that it is full of botrytis on the palate at the beginning and then turns fruity and very pretty at the end with citrus and fruit. Balanced, creamy and rich. Try after 2024, but already gorgeous.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

The 2016 Rieussec has an elegant bouquet of pure honeysuckle, orange pith, peach and light minerally aromas. The palate is well balanced with fine precision and pleasant fatness, featuring white peach and almond-infused, honeyed fruit. A touch of vanilla emerges toward the finish. This was a barrel sample due to be bottled in January 2019, though it was virtually the finished wine. Drink 2022-2050.

Score: 93Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Rieussec is a blend of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle picked form 26 September until 4 November. It has a much more straightforward bouquet compared to the 2015 with light honeysuckle and white flower aromas. There is good acidity in the mouth thanks the passerillé berries, nicely balanced with a touch of orange zest towards the linear finish that will hopefully gain more weight during its élevage. It is likely to be an earlier-drinking Rieussec than the 2015.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

A barrel sample blended of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, the 2016 Rieussec is pale to medium lemon colored with a touch of gold. The nose features intense honeycomb, mandarin peel, candied ginger and lemongrass scents with wafts of allspice and musk perfume. The palate is very rich, full and opulent with tons of spicy layers and a lively line to lift the densely packed fruit to a long finish.

Score: 94/96Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018

Lots of botrytis here in addition to dried mushrooms and dried fruit such as pineapple and peaches. Medium to full body. Medium sweet. Very long and intense. A triumph.

Score: 98/99James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017


Still in barrel, the 2016 Rieussec is shaping up to be glorious. Ample, rich and super-expressive, the 2016 is a wine of real pedigree and distinction. Pineapple, orange marmalade, spice, apricot and lightly honeyed notes all flesh out. Even with all of its obvious depth and resonance , the 2016 remains gracious, not to mention incredibly delicious. The 140 grams of residual sugar are not especially notable, and so the 2016 is rich but not at all heavy. Drink 2021-2056.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Rieussec is gorgeous. Despite the relatively low acidity of the vintage, it preserves a good deal of aromatic freshness, with plenty of lemon confit, passion fruit and coconut overtones. The decision to lower the Sémillon a touch and increase the Sauvignon Blanc has paid handsome rewards. The 2016 is not a truly profound Sauternes - that would have been nearly impossible this vintage - but it comes close. Quite frankly, it is nearly impossible to spit.

Score: 93/96Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Ginger nose. Solid, a little yeoman-like. Almost as though they have given up trying for sophistication with this wine. Very sweet with the acidity slightly uncomfortably low. 13.9%
Drink 2024-2040

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Rieussec is one of the most famous names of Sauternes and is under the same ownership and management as Chateau Lafite. The vineyard is mainly planted with Semillon and a smaller proportion of Sauvignon Blanc. Quality is high but the pricing policy has been confusing in recent years. Not tasted En Primeur.

 Farr Vintners, February 2017

A step up over the Carmes de Rieussec, the beautiful 2016 Château Rieussec has remarkable purity and freshness while still packing beautiful depth of fruit. Honeyed peach, apricot, flower oil, and even a hint of wet stone all emerge from this full-bodied, thick, opulent effort. I love it. It has a rounded, sexy style ideal for drinking any time over the coming 15-20 years. The 2016 is a final blend of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. Drink 2019-2039.

Score: 97Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Harvested right through until 10th November, this is a fairly rich, luscious Rieussec with an amazing texture and flavours of fleshy apricots and nectarines, toffee and crème caramel. 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle.
Drinking Window 2022-2050

Score: 95Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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