Carmes de Rieussec 2017

Carmes de Rieussec 2017

2nd wine of Ch. Rieussec -  - - White
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Carmes de Rieussec 2017

A powerful Sauternes wine with a seductive freshness

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 mild winter preceded a spring during which the frost on April 26th and 27th affected 15% of the vineyard. Subsequently, the warm and slightly humid conditions favored an early flowering period which lasted 10 days. The heavy rainfall at the end of June was followed by below-normal temperatures throughout the summer. A rainy spell in mid-September gave way to dry and relatively cool weather, ideal for ensuring good ripening of the grapes. The harvest took place from September 26th to October 12th and gave rise to a vintage with a rare aromatic intensity.

The blend

Semillon (94%)

Sauvignon Blanc (3%)

Muscadelle (3%).

Carmes de Rieussec 2017: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting


Bright, golden yellow color.


Powerful and expressive, the nose reveals fresh and pure citrus fruit, tangerine and candied melon fragrances.


An elegant attack precedes a pure and ample mouthfeel. Sustained by a beautiful acidity, the palate seduces with its freshness and leads to a persistent and harmonious finish.


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

Wine critic
Carmes de Rieussec 2017
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J. Suckling
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Composed of 94% Semillon, 3% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle, the pale lemon-gold colored 2017 Carmes de Rieussec comes bounding out of the glass with rambunctious scents of candied citrus peel, pineapple tart, green mango and fresh apricots with hints of honeycomb, musk perfume and lime blossoms. The medium to full-bodied palate explodes with tropical and stone fruit flavors, offering seamless freshness and a long, honey-laced finish. Yum!