Château Rieussec is a wine estate in Bordeaux, located in the commune of Fargues. It is ranked as a 1er Cru Classé in AOC Sauternes in the 1855 classification.
Chateau Rieussec belongs to the famous "Domaines Barons de Rothschild" group and produces 85,000 bottles per year from 75 hectares of vines. The grape varieties are 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon and 3% Muscadelle.
Prestigious neighbor for this wine: the Château d'Yquem. Purchased in 1971 by Mr. Albert Vuillier, the property benefits, since 1976, from its association with Domaines Barons de Rothshild. But it is from 1985 onwards that we can measure the weight of the financial effort made by this majority partner. Three superb vintages compete for primacy: 1988, 1989, 1990. Each has its own character. Time should decide between them. It should be noted that the wine tends to take on an amber color prematurely, which does not alter its quality.
To produce the wine of Château Rieussec, the sorting takes place in the vineyards during the harvest, and not in the cellar. Vinification takes place in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. Prior to 1996, the wine was partially vinified in tanks, but this is no longer the case.
Starting with the 1997 vintage, the entire vinification is done in French oak barrels. The barrels used come from Château Lafite Rothschild. The wine of Château Rieussec is aged in an average of 50% new French oak barrels for 18 to 24 months, depending on the character of the vintage.
Château Rieussec has clearly benefited from being owned by the Rothschilds. Numerous technical improvements in the vineyards and winemaking facilities have greatly enhanced the wines of Château Rieussec. The wines are vinified in small batches, which allows an even more precise vinification than a parcel-based vinification. The wines are aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 30 months.
Style and character of Château Rieussec
Rieussec is near the top of the Sauternes pyramid. With the concentration of flavors, thick textures, sensations of honeyed pineapple, orange, apricot, mango and nectarines with hints of vanilla and caramel are easy to find. This is a stunning wine that can age for decades.
One thing consumers should be aware of when it comes to aging Chateau Rieussec is that the wine generally takes on a darker color than other Sauternes. After 20 to 30 years, the wine may look more like an amber or copper color. This is normal for Rieussec
What are the best years of Château Rieussec?
Top rated vintages according to Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate team: