Ch. Rieussec Sauternes 2005

Sweet Wine from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 07-Apr-2014
1er Cru, 75 ha in Fargues, 92% Sem, 5% Sau and 3% Mus. 13.5% alc. Deepish golden-yellow colour, slightly lighter on rim. This is elegantly full on bouquet with lifted, rich and harmonious melded aromas of ripe citrus fruit, marmalade and wild honey, along with a waxy, nutty oak and fruit amalgam, the nose becoming voluminous, revealing secondary toffee and caramel notes in the glass. Very sweet and medium-full bodied, the palate features a deep core of savoury ripe citrus and tropical fruits, with waxy Semillon undertones. Seamlessly integrated waves of marmalade and honied boytrytis, and nutty oak merge with slightly burnished caramel and toffee flavours, indicating development. The mouthfeel is lusciously rich, smooth and unctuous, the low acidity contributing to the roundness. The palate is driven by a good core, carrying the wine to a long, nutty finish with subtle bitter nuances and positive toasty oak. This is a concentrated, seamless Rieussec Sauternes that is beginning to enter a phase of maturity. Match with crème caramel and crème brulee, or with blue cheeses, now and over the next 8-10+ years. 18.5+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $89.50

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