Tasting Notes Rieussec 2005
Tasted single blind against its peers. The Rieussec 2007 has a subtle nose of dried honey, pear, a touch of quince and crushed stone on the nose, the oak better integrated than last year. The palate is well-balanced with stem ginger and honeycomb on the entry. It is linear compared to its peers, there is no flourish on the finish as yet, but it has fine definition and hints of tangy marmalade and lemongrass that should become more accentuated with time. Tasted January 2011.
What a balance in this wine, notes of apple pie, honey, and spiced lemons. Full-bodied and sweet, with a bright acidity and dried citrus with honey and orange marmalade. 140 grams of residual sugar, but very fresh still. Beautiful now, but wait to pull the cork in 2012.
Tasted blind at The Arches. The Rieussec 2005 has a luscious creamy, vanilla-tinged bouquet with touches of honeycomb and almond, the oak noticeable even after several years of bottle age. The palate has a viscous entry with an attractive fatness in the mouth. There is clearly a lot of botrytis here and it delivers layers of almond, custard creams, honey and quince that build to an almost Yquem-like finish. Having tasted the 2001 Rieussec just a few days previously, the 2005 is the better Sauternes, especially with its clean, wonderfully focused finish. Excellent. Tasted February 2012.