Tasting Notes Rieussec 2001
A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035.
Tasted at the IMW Lafite seminar in London. The 2001 Rieussec has a very intense bouquet with lifted notes of lime cordial, tropical fruit, light honey and a touch of coconut, that patina of new oak very strong and rendering it very Yquem-like. The palate has a sweet almond and Turkish Delight-tinged entry. For me, it is just a little oaky (50-60% new) although there is very good weight and intensity. It just seems to miss personality and tension towards the honeycomb and almond paste finish. I remember being more astounded by this a few years ago, but that oak needs to become more assimilated into the wine. Tasted February 2012.
This is a crazy wine! It's sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great density and power, yet balanced and refined. So amazing, but give this five to six years still. Pull the cork in 2016. 145 grams RS.