Tuesday, February 21, 2006
The Chateau Rieussec has a long proud winemaking history that spans back beyond the French revolution. The Chateau has earned its reputation for classic Bordeaux wines through its consistent production of world-class vintages. In 1971 after changing hands numerous times during the revolution the vineyards were purchased by Albert Vuiller. The new owner couldn’t turn his harvests into profit and his interests were further stunted when his land was decimated by hail in 1977. In 1984 a substantial investment from Domaines Rothschilds boosted the vineyards potential. With the new captial Rieussec wines were able to develop further and the label found renewed success.
2004 Chateau Rieussec
This is a classic fresh wine characterized by its warm opulent golden tone and its elegant nose. A bouquet of candied citrus and yellow fruits develop into a fresh fruit palate that lingers on the senses. This is an age worthy wine but can also be enjoyed in its youth.
2003 Chateau Rieussec
This vintage is typical Rieussec wine with the elegance and style that the Chateau is renowned for. The bouquet opens with a pure fresh fruit aroma that engages the nose powerfully. Undertones of honey, ginger and pineapple are wrapped up with hints of licorice essence sliding onto the palate. A delightfully delicate fresh finish completes this wine.
2002 Chateau Rieussec
This wine possesses a warm citrus yellow tone and a full velvet texture. Layers of fresh fruits gently release upon opening. Undertones of honey and pineapple promise further development on the palate. This wine is supple and well rounded with a fine balance and a rich fruit flavor that complements the nose nicely.
2001 Chateau Rieussec
Another classic Rieussec wine with an explosive fruit flavor. The soft golden tone and flowing creamy texture of this wine will delight the senses. On the nose the wine possesses a vibrant citrus and honey bouquet that deepens on the mouth. A heavy fruit concentration of flavor delivers on the palate with an intense fruit finish.
2000 Chateau Rieussec
The 2000 vintage is a beautifully crafted Rieussec wine that melds together a festival of flavors with an elegant grace and simplicity. The bouquet expresses a delightfully complex nose of orange, butterscotch, creamy butter and vanilla with a hint of warm toast. On the palate the wine flows with velvet texture and a fine balance.
1999 Chateau Rieussec
This bottle is rich, intense and well balanced with a warm amber tone and a concentrated fruit flavor. The bouquet is of warm fresh summer fruits and subtle toast. On the mouth citrus fruit, honey and apricot explode revealing an intensely fresh flavor. This is an age worthy wine that can also be enjoyed in youth.
1998 Chateau Rieussec
This vintage is an exceptional Rieussec bottle with a lavishly complex nose that finishes delightfully on the mouth. A nose of peach, pineapple and vanilla with warm undertones of honeysuckle and a smoky oak essence defines the bouquet. The wine flows heavily onto the palate and leaves a long lingering deep impression.
1997 Chateau Rieussec
This is an intensely complex velvet wine that possesses a beautifully delicate fruit and cream nose. Juicy peach, tropical pineapple and French vanilla greet the nose and slide deliciously onto the mouth with a hint of honey suckle and smoked oak. This wine fills the palate and leaves a deep lingering impression.
1996 Chateau Rieussec
This year’s wine has a direct nose of mango and tangerine with a subtle sulphur undertone. A warm opulent golden tone and a strong finish define the bottle. On the mouth a crisp apricot flavor flows nicely with a fine balance and a fresh finish.
1995 Chateau Rieussec
The bottle opens up with an interesting damp earth and strawberry bouquet with a hint of underlying pear. This wine flows heavily on to the palate giving the impression of a full-bodied wine. Apricot and earth greet the palate with a delicious rustic finish.