Château Rieussec ‘Les Carmes de Rieussec’ Sauternes 2017 (Half Bottle)
Fermented in the cooperage of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), we think this is a great find!
The 2017 Carmes de Rieussec is dazzling. The winemaking team captured a striking balance of richness and energy. Most second wines from Sauternes these days are light and floral. The Carmes has plenty of those qualities, but it is far from an easygoing Sauternes; rather it packs a serious punch. Lemon confit, passion fruit, exotic flowers and mint meld into the creamy, resonant finish.
The Corky Verdict
Amy –Luscious, round and sweet, just delicious!
Sam –Minerally on the nose, huge tropical fruit on the palate, rounded, sweet and comforting.
- Pairs with: Dessert
- Year: 2017
- Category: Full Bodied
- Location: France, Bordeaux
- Percentage: 14% ABV
- Fermentation: Aged for 18 to 36 months
Sauternes Premier Cru 1855 For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines.
As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that “Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines”. The modern history of Rieussec, and the beginning of a remarkable rennaissance, starts with the purchase of the estate by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. A new winery was completed in 1989 and yields restricted to maximise quality.
There are 92ha of vineyard, planted with 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. Fermentation takes place in barrels from DBR’s own cooperage. Aging is 18 to 26 months depending on the year, including 55% in new barrels.