Carmes de Rieussec (2nd wine of Rieussec) 2017

Sauternes/Barsac, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

Composed of 94% Semillon, 3% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle, the pale lemon-gold colored 2017 Carmes de Rieussec comes bounding out of the glass with rambunctious scents of candied citrus peel, pineapple tart, green mango and fresh apricots with hints of honeycomb, musk perfume and lime blossoms. The medium to full-bodied palate explodes with tropical and stone fruit flavors, offering seamless freshness and a long, honey-laced finish. Yum!

Score: 91

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2020-2034 16 March 2020

The 2017 Carmes de Rieussec is dazzling. Here, too, the winemaking team captured a striking balance of richness and energy. Most second wines from Sauternes these days are light and floral. The Carmes has plenty of those qualities, but it is far from an easygoing Sauternes; rather it packs a serious punch. Lemon confit, passion fruit, exotic flowers and mint meld into the creamy, resonant finish.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2022-2032 01 March 2020

Orange blossom, honeyed peach, white flowers, and a touch of mint all emerge from the 2017 Carmes De Rieussec, which is the second wine of Chateau Rieussec. Clean, medium-bodied, fresh, and just a joy to drink, it's ideal for drinking over the coming decade or so.

Score: 92

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2020-2030 26 February 2020

A lovely second wine with cooked apples and peaches. Honey, too. Full-bodied, very sweet and bright.

Score: 93

James Suckling, 22 December 2019

The 2017 Carmes de Rieussec, which has 100gm/L residual sugar, has a charming, lightly honeyed bouquet that is very pure. The palate is not as viscous as recent vintages that I have tasted, but well balanced with a keen thread of acidity that keeps the finish on its toes. This is a lighter Carmes de Rieussec than recent vintages and should be consumed within five or six years after bottling.

Score: 89 - 91

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2021-2034 01 May 2018