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1988 Château Rieussec

Capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Obtained by inheritance

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

Full-bodied and powerful, extremely rich and dense... the nose offers enticing coconut, orange, vanilla, and honeyed scents. The flavors are highly extracted.

94Wine Spectator

Sweet, ripe and loaded with honey, toffee, carameland nutmeg-scented pear and apricot aromas andflavors. Generous fig and tobacco notes echo onthe long finish. A silky, supple, succulent winefrom France that should improve...

90Stephen Tanzer

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Fargues

Sauternes makes the world’s most famous dessert wines. Though the appellation lies within the Graves region of Bordeaux’s left bank, the appellation makes only sweet wines from white grapes, primarily Semillon sometimes blended with small amounts of Muscadelle. The five communes within Sauternes are Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes. Barsac also has its own appellation and, typically, Barsac wines are slightly drier and lighter than other Sauternes. Sauternes are made when weather conditions result in a mold called Botrytis cinerea developing on the grapes, which causes them to become especially sweet. Sauternes are not produced every vintage, so successful vintages become especially collectible. Sauternes estates were classified in 1855, and Château d’Yquem, the appellation’s most prestigious estate, was ranked in a class by itself as a Premier Grand Cru. Château d’Yquem wines are among the most prized wines in the world.