2015 Rieussec R de Rieussec Blanc (750ml)

Semillon from Bordeaux, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Tasting at the Lafite Rothschild estates during en primeur week, I was afforded the opportunity to explore one of my favorite dry white wines of the region. Produced at the Rothschild's Premier Cru Classé estate of Rieussec in Sauternes – but from NON botrytized grapes, hence a DRY wine – is the amazingly complex, "absolutely deliciously" (says Galloni of this 2015) "R" de Rieussec. I tasted five vintages while visiting the estate, and folks, the 2015 has NO competition. A blend which changes with the year, the 2015 is comprised of 62% Semillon and 38% Sauvignon Blanc, perfectly balanced for the 2015 vintage. Against the other examples in the line-up, the aromatics in the 2015 waft from the glass; notes of citrus and stone fruits lifted by a perfumed floral aspect that is pure and thoroughly unique to this gorgeous wine. There's a lovely integration of the wood in this vintage as well, with the barrel aging regimen giving volume without heaviness. I sat with this wine for several minutes, loving every new change in its ever-unfolding personality. This is THE perfect dry white Bordeaux, one you'll love with every late spring and summer occasion.


Just bottled, the 2015 R de Rieussec shows just how attractive dry whites can be in the Sauternes region. Crisp, aromatic and refreshing, the 2015 is an ideal aperitif or summer white. Orchard fruit, candied lemon, white flowers and mint give the wine its brightness and verve. The 2015 is absolutely delicious.

90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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