Description/ Tasting NotesBeautiful, delicate woodiness, notes of honeysuckle and acacia flowers.
Winery Info/ Brand
M. Mayne was the owner of the estate when Château Rieussec was listed in the 1855 classification. The quality of the Rieussec soil earned its ranking as a first growth Sauternes and Barsac. After that date, Rieussec's history involves many changes of owners since 1870. It was in 1984 that Château Rieussec was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). The estate then consisted of 110 hectares, 68 hectares of which were vines. To enhance Château Rieussec's potential, rigorous measures were implemented, including meticulous sorting of the grapes and fermenting in barrels, which provides a much finer selection for the blending of the Grand Vin.
Region Info/ Origin
The Sauternes wine region comprises five communes: Barsac, Sauternes, Bommes, Fargues and Preignac. The Barsac region is located on the west bank of the Ciron river where the tributary meets the Garonne. The area sits on an alluvial plain with sandy and limy soils, which results in a drier Barsac wine with a lighter body. In years when the noble rot does not develop, Sauternes producers will often make dry white wine under the generic Bordeaux AOC. To qualify for the Sauternes label, the wine must have a minimum 13% alcohol level and pass a tasting exam where the wine need to taste noticeably sweet.