(Lafite) R de Rieussec 2015 Semillon Sauvignon 750ml
“R” de Rieussec is produced on the Château Rieussec estate, a Sauternes Premier Cru Classé. It is partly produced from the same vines as the Sauternes. 20% of fermentation takes place in barrels. This technique enhances the wine’s potential to age, while preserving its freshness and the natural fruitiness from the grapes.
Grape Varieties: Sémillon, Sauvignon. Tasting Advise: Decanting: Just before serving Tasting temperature: 10 -12°C
The winter of 2014-2015 started out mild and dry. But, as is often the case, February brought colder weather, to the extent that bud break was delayed. Spring was warm and fine, but too dry, almost exposing the vines to water stress. Fortunately there was some rain at the beginning of June, which created ideal conditions for flowering. The summer was very hot until mid-August. Towards the end of the summer the weather was milder, with cooler temperatures that were perfect for a slow ripening of the grapes.
Tasting Notes (At Bottling): Beautiful nose dominated by flowers and lively citrus notes. Its refined style is enhanced by the very well-integrated wood that brings a pleasant complexity. On the palate, the attack is subtle, the wine then gains in volume, remaining perfectly balanced. Despite being the minority in the blend, the Sauvignon is well-expressed, without overpowering the Sémillon’s elegance.