Situated directly next to Chateau d’Yquem, Rieussec is geographically blessed both with the perfect aspect to encourage botrytis and the ideal blend of gravel, sand, clay and limestone soils. To produce the wines of Chateau Rieussec, vinification takes place in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. The used barrels come from Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Carmes de Rieussec – named in tribute to the former Carmelite owners – is selected according to the same standards as the first wine. It is made from 80% Semllion and 20% Sauvignon and Muscadelle, aged for 18 months and they produce approximately 6,000 cases a year. Its character consistently reveals a beautiful aromatic range dominated by citrus flavours.
Founded by the Carmelite monks in the 18th Century, Chateau Rieussec was awarded the status of Premier Cru Classe in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes. After the Classification of 1855, the Estate passed through several successive proprietors until in 1984 when it was purchased by the owners of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Domaines Barons de Rothschild. With the investment from the Rothschilds, Chateau Rieussec has once again blossomed to the full potential of its terroir; in 2004, the Wine Spectator named the 2001 vintage the magazine’s Wine of the Year.
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