Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2001 (375ml)

$69.95

Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted. Best after 2010... Wine Spectator

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Ratings on Delectable

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

NYE pairing

NYE pairing

9.4

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

A few days later...and the remains of the Sauternes was still liquid gold. Love how this wine holds on and keeps on delivering.

A few days later...and the remains of the Sauternes was still liquid gold. Love how this wine holds on and keeps on delivering.

9.5

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

A double 100. Delivered on the scores and the notoriety. Served with pumpkin soufflé and was magical combination. Almost syrup like in viscosity. Honey. Tangerine. Chestnuts.

A double 100. Delivered on the scores and the notoriety. Served with pumpkin soufflé and was magical combination. Almost syrup like in viscosity. Honey. Tangerine. Chestnuts.

9.7

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another killer Wednesday Wine Committee lineup. As always, 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind. Hard to not guess this as Sauternes! Everything about this was in perfect harmony. In fact, it probably merits a higher score than I gave it. Oozes fresh honey over ripe guava, white peach and orange blossoms. Big and powerful. Honey roasted cashews, honeycomb and graham cracker on the finish. Delightful.

Another killer Wednesday Wine Committee lineup. As always, 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind. Hard to not guess this as Sauternes! Everything about this was in perfect harmony. In fact, it probably merits a higher score than I gave it. Oozes fresh honey over ripe guava, white peach and orange blossoms. Big and powerful. Honey roasted cashews, honeycomb and graham cracker on the finish. Delightful.

9.5

Brent Clayton Delectable Pro

Boom. Liquid gold. Just so pretty. Unctuous, golden apricots, spicy botrytis.

Boom. Liquid gold. Just so pretty. Unctuous, golden apricots, spicy botrytis.

9.7

Weijie Shi (Jay) Delectable Pro

Liquid gold. Honey, dried apricot and saffron goodness. So delicious. 2001 Sauternes are killers!

Liquid gold. Honey, dried apricot and saffron goodness. So delicious. 2001 Sauternes are killers!

9.5

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

OMG. Liquid gold. Served with a baked apple/cinnamon Crisp dessert.

OMG. Liquid gold. Served with a baked apple/cinnamon Crisp dessert.

9.9

Chris Shackelford Delectable Pro

Drinking quite nice at the moment. Still a lot of richness waiting to evolve.

Drinking quite nice at the moment. Still a lot of richness waiting to evolve.

9.3

Peter van den Besselaar Delectable Pro

Vintage 2001 / Botrytis Par Ecellence. Clove. Apricot. Caramel. Honey. Heavenly, with that characteristic stinking tone of the pourriture noble. Syrupy structure. A treat! With lots and lots of life ahead.

Vintage 2001 / Botrytis Par Ecellence. Clove. Apricot. Caramel. Honey. Heavenly, with that characteristic stinking tone of the pourriture noble. Syrupy structure. A treat! With lots and lots of life ahead.

9.3

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Great lemon curd and sizzling acidity. Very pretty and crazy balance. Delicious.

Great lemon curd and sizzling acidity. Very pretty and crazy balance. Delicious.

9.2

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