CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC

CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC

SAUTERNES
1er Cru Classé
Owner:
Domaines Barons De Rothschild
Manager:
Managing Director: Frédéric Magniez / Technical Director: Charles Chevallier
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For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. From 1984, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Duhart-Milon in Pauillac, Château L'Evangile in Pomerol) are the owners of this estate thus completing the range of their prestigious crus portfolio.
CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC

In the 18th century, the Rieussec estate belonged to the Carmes de Langon monks. The confiscation of the estate during the revolution led to its public sale around 1790 as an "object of national heritage" to Mr. Marheilhac, the period’s owner of Château La Louvière at Léognan.
Château Rieussec was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. The estate then included 110 hectares, including 68 hectares of vineyards.

The Château Rieussec vineyard extends from the border of Fargues and Sauternes, adjacent to Château d’Yquem on the east. The vineyard covers 93 hectares of gravel interspersed with lime. The soils are varied, with a good deal of gravel and, here and there, sand with underlying layers of clay. The presence of this clay would explain Rieussec's colour, which is a little deeper than Yquem's.
Traditional techniques from Sauternes are used and the harvests are done by selective pickings depending on the ripeness of the grapes and evolution of botrytis cinerea (noble rot). They last for 6 to 8 weeks from September to November. The Sauvignon is rarely used, and is generally reserved for "R de Rieussec", the estate's dry white wine. The current grape mix is : Sémillon (90%), Sauvignon (7%), Muscadelle (3%).
To enhance Château Rieussec’s potential, stern measures were implemented, including meticulous sorting of berries and fermenting in barrels, which provides a superior selection for blending fine wines. A new cellar was built in 1989 to extend ageing in barrels.

This excellent Sauternes often has very fine aromas of apricot, marmelade and tropical fruit. It is a smooth, rich wine, yet remains fresh and good to drink thanks to its important acidity, which underlines its richness of aroma.

“Sauternes is a wine that works just as well as an aperitif, with a main course or with a dessert. It can prove to be surprising when matched, for example, with oysters or indeed with roast chicken. It also works perfectly with fruit desserts, such as apricot tart.” – Charles Chevallier