A smooth, rich and balanced Sauternes wine
Chateau Rieussec is located in the prestigious Sauternes appellation, in the south of the Bordeaux region. This chateau is steeped in history and belonged to the Carmelite monks of Langon in the 18th century. It was then sold as "National Property" following the French Revolution. Classified as an 1855 Sauternes First Growth, Chateau Rieussec was acquired by the Rothschild family in 1984.
The estate’s Second Wine, Carmes de Rieussec, is a Sauternes wine that stems from a sandy-clay gravel terroir. The vineyard of Chateau Rieussec is situated on the border between Fargues and Sauternes and covers 93 hectares, thus making it one of the largest estates in the appellation.
The year 2008 was marked by a spring frost which impacted the yields. The warm and sunny conditions from August onwards and throughout the end-of-season ensured a good ripeness level. The harvest began on September 26th and was carried out in 5 successive selections.
Vinification and aging
30% vinification in vats and 70% in first-fill barrels. Alcoholic fermentation in barrels. The wine is aged for 18 months in used barrels from the Domaines Barons de Rothschild cooperage.
Sauvignon Blanc (15%)
Carmes de Rieussec 2008: Characteristics and tasting tips
The nose blends fruit (candied apricot, white peach) and citrus fragrances with subtle hints of honey.
Ample and smooth, the palate harmoniously combines balance and vivacity.
For an optimal tasting experience, serve between 8 and 10°C.