Chateau Rieussec1er Cru Classé Sauternes 2017Product code: 11697
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Chateau Rieussec is a prestigious winery located in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux, France. As a Premier Cru Classé, which is the highest classification for Bordeaux wines, its wines are renowned for their exceptional quality and complexity. The Chateau produces notably sweet white wines made from a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes, known for their noble rot or botrytis cinerea. The wines are deeply aromatic with honeyed flavors of apricots, peaches, and tropical fruits with a lingering syrupy finish. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 18th century, and its wines have been highly coveted by wine enthusiasts around the world for their exceptional attributes.
Probably the biggest and most concentrated Sauternes of 2016, without being the sweetest or most viscous - vitally. Huge amounts of dry extract, earth and woody spice notes of licquorice, vanilla and spice, mixed with apricot jam and truffle in the background
About the Winery
The history of Chateau Rieussec begins in the 18th century. During that time, the estate was under the ownership of Carmelite monks in the commune of Langon in France. In 1790, the plot got subjected to public sale. It ensued at the time of the revolution and due to confiscation of the estate. Finally, the winery got acquired by Mr. Marheilhac. At that time, he was the owner of Château La Louvière in the commune of Léognan.
M. Mayne became the owner of the land for the classification that took place in 1855. After that, Chateau Rieussec experienced multiple changes of proprietors. In 1984, Domaines Barons de Rothschild obtained the estate with its 110 hectares of land. Out of them, 60 hectares remained dedicated to growing and cultivating grapevines. Furthermore, numerous rigorous measures got incorporated. It entailed careful sorting and separation of grapes. Fermentation using barrels was another applied method. It allowed for a better taste and aroma of the produced wines.
The year 2000 saw further changes and modernization of Chateau Rieussec. It included the construction and development of a new fermentation room and the cellar renovation. The latter was where the grapes got left to mature. The makeover of the pressing areas and reception were two more alterations done.
Today, the vineyards owned by Chateau Rieussec extend over 93 hectares. They include sandy-clay soil that has a gravel-like texture. Additionally, the microclimate of the region is highly beneficial for the growth of most noble grape varieties. The winery uses conventional Sauternes techniques in the fields. The harvest of the matured grapes gets done selectively. It depends on the colour, texture, and plumpness of the fruit. Chateau Rieussec works with a low production to focus on each bottle of wine it develops. It ensures their high quality and standard.