2005 chateau rieussec premier cru classe, sauternes
Why We're Buying
Sweet white wine might not have the cachet of pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon, but investors are reconsidering when it comes to Château Rieussec. The premier cru classé wine prominently features Sémillon, with the estate producing only 6,000 cases per year. In 2004, Wine Spectator voted the 2001 vintage as the wine of the year.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind against the Rieussec 2001 as a comparison, the Château Rieussec 2005 has a more airy bouquet at first and here I find more mineralité on the nose, more precision and focus that the Rieussec 2001. The palate is clean and fresh with vibrant acidity, real tension here with marmalade, lemon curd, apricot and cold stone. Wonderful acidity is interwoven throughout this Sauternes that demonstrates real race and sophistication. It is not as rich or as hedonistic as the Rieussec 2001, but I think the slightly better wine. More breeding and energy. Do not overlook this gem. Drink 2015-2045.