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2003 Château Rieussec, 375ml

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

No tasting note was given.

95Wine Spectator

Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous. Aromas of caramel, apples and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Wonderful sticky.

92-95Stephen Tanzer

Wonderfully honeyed, fat fruit flavors are complemented by cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The sexy oak treatment gives lift to the wine. A bit youthfully aggressive but very long on the back end, showing vanillin oak and a bit of warmth...

17Jancis Robinson

Some honey tinge. Very intense slight brulée character on the nose. Very, very sweet – one slightly seeks a bit more acid...

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.