Classification: First Growth (Premier Cru)
Château Rieussec once belonged to the Carmelite monks of Langon and lies in the commune of Fargues neighbouring Château Yquem. Rieussec takes its name from the stream called Ruisseau which runs between the 2 châteaux and sec, meaning dry, as the stream regularly dries up in the summer months. Château Rieussec was purchased by the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Château Lafite) in 1984 who have invested in both the vineyards and the chai. Many now place Château Rieussec second only to Yquem.
The vineyards of Château Rieussec cover 222 acres and sit on one of the highest points of the Sauternes. The vineyard is unusual in that it is one single unit, much of it bordering Yquem. The vines over look the left bank of the Garonne River and the soil consists of gravels mixed with lime. The grapes grown are 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle.
The wines of Château Rieussec are amongst the most exotic and rich of Sauternes. They are luscious and deeply coloured, honied wines with notes of peach, orange, blossom, vanilla, passion fruit, smoke, coconut and toast. They are elegant and creamy, concentrated and well structured with a good acidic base. Château Rieussec's wines age for decades and should be well cellared.
Owner: Domaines Barons de Rothschild (also own Châteaux Lafite, Duhart Milon, L'Evangile, Paradis Casseuil, Peyre Lebade and d'Aussières)
Château Website: www.lafite.com
Oenologist: Edouard Mamé