2018 Château Rieussec by Lafite Rothschild


Bordeaux Futures - Arrival Spring 2021

Appellation: Sauternes

Ratings: RP 93-95  DC-94  JS 93-94  NM 90-92

Size: Half-Bottle – 375 ml


93-95   Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Rieussec was hit by hail on the 15th of July,” says Eric Kohler. “For Sauternes, the botrytis began very late. It was very difficult for the botrytis to begin. There was not so much sugar this year and not so much botrytis. This is not as great a year as 2015 or 2017.” Harvest at Rieussec began on October 10 and ended on October 31. Blended of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, the pale lemon-gold colored 2018 Rieussec reveals delicate scents of lemon drops, pear tart, marzipan and crushed stones over a core of orange blossoms, white peaches and lime leaves. The palate has a quiet intensity of an array of citrus and savory layers with amazing freshness, finishing with great length and depth.”

94    Jane Anson for Decanter
“This takes a minute to lift out of the glass, with a focus on texture more than aromatics, but it’s highly attractive with a luscious, gorgeous texture and flavours that are concentrated but elegant and fine, showing touches of mandarin, saffron and spice alongside a creamy citrus mid-palate. The harvest took place between 10 and 31 October, later than last year – the day they finished in 2017 was the day they started in 2018. A yield of 17hl/ha.”

93-94    James Suckling
“Very clean and fresh with banana, pineapple and papaya character and hints of honey. Medium-to full-bodied, sweet and crisp. Lively finish. Jasmine and acacia with hints of spice. Slightly crisper style. More sauvignon than normal.”

90-92    Neal Martin for Vinous Media
The 2018 Rieussec was picked from 10 to 31 October in two or three tries through the vineyard. This contains one of the highest percentages of Sauvignon Blanc (25%). It does not possess the same intensity as the previous vintage, a little compact and perhaps more floral in style, yellow flowers mixed with acacia honey and saffron. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of apricot, quince and light spicy aromas with good acidity. It is well balanced and fresh, although it does not have the weight and complexity of the 2017, ergo I suspect this will be earlier drinking.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 10 in


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