Carmes de Rieussec 2014

Carmes de Rieussec 2014

2nd wine of Ch. Rieussec -  - - White
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Carmes de Rieussec 2014

A Sauternes Second Wine with an alluring amplitude and balance

The estate

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 vineyard

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 vintage

A rainy winter preceded a spring with above-average temperatures, which favored an early budbreak as well as an even flowering period. The two-stage veraison (end of June and after August 15th) led to an uneven ripening of the grapes. Despite these conditions and low yields, the vintage produced a complex and fresh wine.

The blend

Semillon (91%)

Sauvignon blanc (5%)

Muscadelle (4%).

Carmes de Rieussec 2014: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting


The nose is very dense and combines fragrances of honey and acacia flower with subtle woody notes.


Ample and generous, the palate is seduced by this wine’s balance and its long and delectable finish.


For an optimal tasting experience, serve between 8 and 10°C.

Wine critic
Carmes de Rieussec 2014
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J. Suckling
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The Carmes de Rieussec 2014 is a blend of 92% Semillon and 4% each of Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. It has a very pure and honeyed bouquet that demonstrates superb intensity. The palate is unctuous on the entry with a touch of ginger, plenty of botrytised fruit but just missing the persistence on the finish that cuts away a little swiftly, just as the wine is getting into its stride. Still, this should be a capable deuxième vin.