Château Rieussec 2008
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Château Rieussec 2008
HK$ 550
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Bottle (0.75 L)
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The origin of the name Rieussec remains uncertain, although writing in Grands Vins, Clive Coates asserts that the name may be a contraction of Ruisseau, the name of a stream which runs between Rieussec and Yquem, and sec, the latter part applied because the stream is known to frequently dry up during the summer months.

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 vineyards occupy one of the highest points in Sauternes after those of Yquem which are adjacent.
The Château is owned since 1984 by the famous Lafite-Rotschild family.
Neighbours of Yquem, they share the same high quality...

Sémillon 86% - Sauvignon 12% and Muscadelle 2%

To drink till 2035
Fermentation takes place for 20% in new barrels
Light filtration before bottling
The 2008 Rieussec has a lifted, honeyed, slightly petrolly nose with great definition and lift. Touches of white flowers and white peach/honeysuckle develop with further aeration. The palate has a vibrant orange and mandarin flavored entry, very good balance, nicely poised with touches of vanilla inflecting the viscous, honeyed fruit on the finish. Classy but the oak obfuscates this Rieussec at the moment.
Wine Spectator: 92
Parker: 91-93
A classic match is to serve Sauternes with Fois Gras. Other pairings would be to serve as dessert along with dishes that feature apricots, pears or peaches.
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