2009 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
The team at Chateau Rieussec have conjured a stellar wine in 2009. There is a little reduction at first that fortunately blows away, revealing thickly layered scents of honey, Danish pastry and quince that appear to gain vigor with every passing sip. The palate is stunning: very viscous in the mouth with tangy grapefruit, honey and white peach. It is still primal, but the acidity is perfectly judged and there is a life-affirming sense of precision and tension towards the finish. Exceptional. Drink now-2045.
Intense, with powerful almond, bitter tangerine, mango and papaya notes, as well as racier heather, mirabelle and yellow apple flavors. Long and very focused despite the weight and breadth, this features a gorgeous hint of warm tarte Tatin on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2035.
This closed, reticent wine promises to pack a rich, generous punch in the future. Its potential shows in the botrytis flavor and the touches of smoky wood and apricot jelly. With this leashed power, it promises to be a very fine wine.