R de Rieussec 2016
• Domaine: Château Rieussec
• Appellation: Bordeaux Blanc Sec (Dry White)
• Grape Varietals: 62% Sémillon, 38% Sauvignon blanc
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Château Rieussec, a well-known Sauternes (Premier Grand Cru Classé), has been in the Barons de Rothschilds portfolio (of Lafite fame) since 1984. R de Rieussec is another true Bordeaux dry white that offers a quality price ratio that is hardly matched by its New World competition.
CLIMATE AND HARVEST CONDITIONS
Climate: The winter of 2014-2015 started out mild and dry. But, as is often the case, February brought colder weather, to the extent that bud break was delayed. Spring was warm and fine, but too dry, almost exposing the vines to water stress. Fortunately there was some rain at the beginning of June, which created ideal conditions for flowering. The summer was very hot until mid-August.
Ripening and harvests: Towards the end of the summer the weather was milder, with cooler temperatures that were perfect for a slow ripening of the grapes. The harvests at R de Rieussec took place from 2 to 9 September, with each plot and grape variety being picked at the ideal date.
"The 2016 R de Rieussec has a strict and quite stony bouquet with dew-speckled green apples and a touch of freshly sliced pear. The palate is well balanced with touches of peach skin and nectarine, a crisp line of acidity with pleasant salinity towards the finish. Drink this dry white from the Rieussec team over the next five or six years." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, Rating: (88-90)
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