Chateau Rieussec 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Rieussec – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Rieussec flourishes in highly concentrated vintages, and 2009 is no exception. With 150 pickers working two 8-hour shifts, they managed to keep up to date with the year’s rapid botrytis, and so maintained a total purety, elegance and complexity of flavour, and at 4,0 g/l, a high tone of acidity.. At the same time, at 160 g/l residual, the wine is as usual unashamedly rich. The result is that honeyed sort of purety in the concentration that we saw something of in the historic ’89 and ’01, possibly superior to the former and almost up to the latter. The balance seems so natural and gives the impression of being able to age for a century or more.
Decanter – 18 Points: Massive, with great transformed level of alcohol, useful when the sugar content is so high too, a monument of a wine, but a wait of 10 years at least will be necessary to do justice to its majestic power.
Jancis Robinson – 18 Points: Heavy and rich and wonderfully sumptuous. Great richness. Density and breadth. Still very chewy but there is lots here. Very rewarding. Drink 2018-2036
Wine Spectator – 92-95 Points: Lemon peel and pear tart on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with good acidity, lemon meringue flavors and a spicy finish.
Wine Advocate – 95-97 Points: The minerality and stoniness really comes through on the nose of this Rieussec, more than the 2007. The palate is very well balanced with superb acidity, real tension, steely with great precision with notes of apricot, white peach and honey on the beautifully defined finish. Probably the best Rieussec since the astounding 2001.
All prices are £ per case, In Bond UK. Wines are currently in barrel and will be bottled and shipped from 2012 after which either in bond storage, in bond delivery or duty paid delivery (including VAT) charges will be invoiced at 2012 rates.