2012 Chateau Rieussec 'Les Carmes de Rieussec', Sauternes, France by DFV Fine Wi
Producer - Chateau Rieussec
Region/Appellation - Sauternes Country Hierarchy Bordeaux, France
Grape/Blend - Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon
Food Suggestion - Blue Cheeses
Wine Style - Dessert - Lush and Balanced
Alcohol Content - 13.5 - 14%
RATING - WS88-
Château Rieussec is a wine producer located in Fargues, in the Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux. It makes sweet wines from a classic Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and was classified as a first growth in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac, alongside the finest sweet white wines the region.
In the 18th Century, the estate was tended to by Carmelite monks before being confiscated in the French Revolution. After passing hands several times, it has now come under the ownership of Barons de Rothschild (which owns Château Lafite Rothschild), in partnership with Albert Frére of LVMH. Château Rieussec's 2001 vintage was #1 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 in 2004.
AWARDS - Le Guide Hachette des Vins, 2016: Cité