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2008 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ml)
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- Cellar 5 - 8 years (2017-2020)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Brilliant pale golden colour with pale gold hue. On the nose strong botrytis characters are present along with some honeyed peach, apricot and spice. The palate possesses excellent concentration and length with luscious mouthfilling flavours of honeyed lemon butter, ripe apricot, peach, marmalade and spice. Clean fresh finish with long very persistent aftertaste of honeyed lemon butter, ripe apricot and marmalade.
Cellar 5-8 years (2017-2020)
The 2008 Rieussec is a blend of 86% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle picked from 29 September until 14 November over four or five pickings. The nose seemed to have closed down since I last encountered it in 2012, quite earthy and resinous, lacking some spark. The palate is much better with sour lemon and quince on the entry, a touch of patisserie, strangely making me think of Danish pastry towards the well-defined finish. This 2008 is a little difficult to work out at the moment, perhaps overwhelmed by the succeeding vintage. Tasted April 2016.
Neal Martin - RobertParker.com (Feb 2017)
This cuts a broad swath, with dense fig, piecrust, green almond and golden raisin notes held together by ginger cream and tarte Tatin notes. The long, creamy finish lets a coconut milk hint check in. One for the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2025.
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator