1981 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes
Sauternes, France
WB Rating: 89

Alcohol by volume: 14.0%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
Type: Sauternes
Principal varietal(s): Sauternes blend

Extremely rich, almost syrupy in texture. Perhaps edging past its prime - the acid spark isn't quite there in full to counterbalance the richness. Dominated by honeyed Botrytis notes, with aromas and flavors of creme brulee, butter, burnt sugar, caramel. Less multi-dimensional, I'm sure, that it was 10 years ago, but still an absolutely rich, flavorful, satisfyingly decadent dessert wine. - HK 2006-06-30


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