2010 Chateau Rieussec
Chateau Rieussec – First Growth Sauternes
RELEASED 20th May 2011 – £556/case bottles or £572/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: At first, this quite rich wine, with its 141g/l residual, seemed very honeyed but also very tight. Since then, the honey has taken over and the wine is currently appearing fat and rich but the fruit tones have gone softer and easier, suggesting that this may become a more early-drinking Rieussec than we originally thought.
Decanter: 18.5/20 – Some oaky, smoky elements dominating the fruity, juicy ones, but so impressive in the mouth. Great volume, great concentration, bags of refined and complex flavours, great length, and more Sauternes-like this time than Riesling. Drink 2020-2050.
Jancis Robinson: 17++/20 – Drink 2028-2040. Intense nose with strong botrytis influence. Pure and rich though not the most monumental by a long way. And a little bit sticky, and astringent, on the end. All the ingredients are there but in completely embryonic form. Residual Sugar 141 g/l, Total Acidity 3.9 g/l, Alcohol 14.2%.
Wine Spectator: 93-96/100 – Extremely rich and bright, with lots of green fig, honey and apricot. Very lush and round, with some serious weight and power in reserve. Remarkably fresh now. Tasted non-blind.
Neal Martin: 90-92/100 – Sporting 140gms/L residual sugar, the 2010 Rieussec displays impressive clarity on the nose, with fresh pineapple, grapefruit and a touch of lime flower, and tangible minerality. The palate has that “Tropicana” vibe with guava, almond and pineapple that slightly obfuscates the terroir towards the finish. This is a highly enjoyable, comparatively rich 2010 Sauternes, but without the intellect of some of the finest examples of the vintage.
Asian Palate: 94-96/100 – The 2010 Rieussec offers a beguiling nose of marmalade, candied orange peel and honey, and on the palate a brilliant clarity of fruit despite the intense sugar levels and full body. This is a gorgeous and generous Sauternes with great depth and length and amazing layers of flavour.
Wine Enthusiast: 94-96/100 – Structured firm, very spicy, while also showing fresh pineapple acidity. Concentrated and packed with botrytis.
James Suckling: 95-96/100
Jeremy Williams: 93-95/100 – Pale gold; some honey, thickness and some wax; quite sweet, ripe and unctuous palate; nice balance and waves of flavour here across the palate; sweetness but with bite at the back. Looks extremely good.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 18/20
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.75/20
Jane Anson: 93/100 – Good silky texture, enjoyable twist of lime, fresh and yet with clear caramel richness. This is good, with real complexity while remaining pretty and fresh. Good lift on the finish. Drink 2018-2030