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1982 Rieussec

By Chateau Rieussec

1982 Rieussec from Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

The 1982 vintage epitomises a legendary period for Sauternes, and among its illustrious offerings stands the 1982 Rieussec from Chateau Rieussec. Though decades have passed, this vintage maintains a remarkable presence in the cellar and on the palate, a testament to the formidable character of that year's harvest.


A Sumptuous Testament to Time

Chateau Rieussec, magnificently perched in the prestigious Sauternes region, was blessed in 1982 by an exceptionally dry early summer followed by timely rains conducive to the development of noble rot—the Botrytis cinerea essential to Sauternes' unctuous charm. The result: a harvest offering concentrated grapes bursting with complex sugars and acidity.


An Exquisite Investment-Potential Vintage

Each sip of the 1982 Rieussec tells a story of meticulous vinification and masterly patience. Its deep amber sheen alludes to a well of layered complexity—candied apricots, honeyed figs, and toasted almonds sweep forward, then recede into subtle hints of marmalade and saffron. The finish is long and harmonious, with a deft balance between luscious sweetness and refreshing acidity.

The wine's remarkable preservation of acidity and freshness underscores its collectability and potential longevity—critical factors for savvy wine investors assessing Sauternes’ long-term appeal.


In Summary

The 1982 Rieussec from Chateau Rieussec provides more than just a sip; it's an investment in historical craftsmanship. While certainly reached its plateau of maturity, this vintage continues to enchant those lucky enough to encounter it, solidifying its position as one of the most distinguished ambassadors for one of history's quintessential sweet wine vintages. A stalwart for any refined collection, the poise of this 1982 vintage makes it a captivating choice for enhancing both palate and portfolio.

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Rich golden hew. Fragrant nose of butter and strawberries. Powerful palate. Fine acidity. Good level of botrytis. Intense honeyed finish. Lacks some finesse and sophistication but fine for this vintage. Tasted June 2001.

Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal


A maligned vintage for the sweet white wines of Bordeaux, Rieussec has, through a very strict selection process, turned out a lovely, fruity, spicy, lighter-styled wine with medium body and delicate tropical fruit flavors. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 3/86.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 1997

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