PROFILE: 75% Sémillon, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle
136 acres producing 6,500 cases.
HISTORY Before the Revolution, this land belonged to the monks of Langon and was
sold as national property. Successive purchases before and after the
classification of 1855 enhanced the estate, which was honored with the rating of
premier cru of the commune of Sauternes. In 1971 the estate was purchased by
Monsieur Albert Vuillier who developed the vineyards to their highest standard.
In 1984, Vuillier sold to Domaines Barons de Rothschild, the owners of Château
In the 18th century, the Rieussec estate belonged to the Carmes de Langon monks.
The confiscation of the estate during the revolution led to its public sale
around 1790 as an “object of national heritage” to Mr. Marheilhac, the period’s
owner of Château La Louvière at Léognan.
STYLE Deep colored with an almost roasted richness. Fragrant, richly fruity,
with scents of apricot and melting butter. Château Rieussec is one of the richest and most exotic of all Sauternes, producing particularly good wines in the late 1980s and the mid 1990s. Rieussec has been owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild since 1985 and is located at one of the highest points of Sauternes in the village of Fargues where its vineyards border those of Château d`Yquem.
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