Chateau Rieussec 1983 Sauternes

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Chateau Rieussec

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Chateau Rieussec 1983 Sauternes

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" Dinner for six at home, after '09 Aubert chardonnay, '82 Mouton and '76 B.V. Private Reserve. From a 375 ml bottle from a case I bought on release. This is our favorite Sauternes, even above Yquem when we've tasted both blind. Beautiful deep golden color. Fabulous and very pronounced, complex aroma of peaches and apricots. Very viscous, with thick, slow "legs". Coats the tongue with powerful complex peach-apricot flavors, perfectly balanced with acid. The finish just keeps going, for more than a minute. We have a few more, and there's no danger it will start to fade any time soon" 


Chateau Rieussec, like many Bordeaux wine properties was confiscated during the French Revolution. This led to an auction around 1790 when it was sold to the Marheilhac family. At the time, they owned Chateau La Louvière, located in Pessac Leognan.

Following the 1855 Classification, Rieussec passed through numerous owners including the Gasquetoner family. The Gasquetoner’s also owned Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe. This was followed by numerous changes in ownership until it was purchased by Alain Vuillier.

In 1984, Alain Vuillier was running out of money and he sold Chateau Rieussec to the owners of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Domaines Barons de Rothschild. They bought the property in a partnership with Albert Frere. Fere was quite familiar with Bordeaux as he already owned a portion of Chateau Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion. The following year, in 1985, Charles Chevallier was placed in charge of managing Chateau Rieussec.

The Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Rieussec is one of the largest wineries in the Sauternes appellation. The property has great terroir. It sits next to Chateau d’Yquem on the east. The vineyards of Rieussec extend all the way to the border of Fargues and Sauternes. The vineyard covers 92 hectares with its gravel, sand, clay and limestone terroir. The Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Rieussec is planted with 90% Semillon 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,500 vines per hectare.

Like all the top Bordeaux wine producers in Sauternes, the harvests are done in passes. This length of the harvest and amount of passes is determined by the ripeness of the fruit and more importantly, the level of botrytis found on the grapes. The harvest could last for as long as 6 to 8 weeks. Chateau Rieussec has clearly benefited from being owned by the Rothschild’s. Numerous technical improvements in the vineyards and the wine making facilities has helped vastly improve the wines of Chateau Rieussec. The wines are vinified in small lots which allows for vinification on a level that is even more precise than a parcel by parcel basis. The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak for 30 months.

Chateau Rieussec also produces a dry white name, marketed under the name, R de Rieussec. There is a second wine, which is available under three names, Carmes de Rieussec, de Cosse and Clos Labere. The annual production of Rieussec is close to 5,000 cases of Sauternes per year.

Rieussec is close to the top of the Sauternes pyramid. With concentration of flavors, thick textures, sensations of honey drenched pineapple, orange, apricot, mango and nectarines with vanilla and caramel notes are easy to find. This is a stunning wine that can age for decades.

Producent Chateau Rieussec
Jaar 1983
Appellation Sauternes
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee