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2011 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (half bottle)
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About Chateau Rieussec

Chateau Rieussec has a storied history, beginning several centuries ago with the Carmelite monks. The same order that gave its name to Les Carmes Haut-Brion owned Chateau Rieussec until the French Revolution, when the property was confiscated and sold as a national asset. Today it belongs to Domaines de Baron de Rothschild.

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2011 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (half bottle)

Producer: Chateau Rieussec
Style: Sweet Wine
Grape Type: Semillon
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Sauternes and Barsac

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91-94 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2012

(95% semillon, 3% muscadelle and 2% sauvignon blanc; 6 g/l total acidity; 147 g/l residual sugar):  Dark yellow-gold.  Spicy botrytis complicates aromas of fresh peach, passion fruit, rose water and marzipan, with an enticing floral quality providing lift.  Suave and fine-grained, showing a more delicate than usual texture for this cuvee, with intense flavors of passion fruit, peach and saffron.  A subtle, restrained example of Rieussec with nicely integrated acidity and very good finishing grip.  Harvested between September 1 and November 2 in three to seven selective pickings per parcel.

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Semillon

Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste...
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