The dry white from Rieussec, the 2017 Rieussec R de Rieussec is close to equal amounts Sémillon and Sauvignon. It has lots of white grapefruit, citrus, and some saline-like minerality to go with a ripe, medium-bodied, vibrant style on the palate. It’s complex, with vibrant acidity and notable elegance, and my money is on it drinking nicely for upwards of a decade.
Composed of 53% Semillon and 47% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 R de Rieussec simply sings of ripe peaches, pink grapefruit and lemon curd with touches of elderflowers, honeysuckle and straw. The palate is medium-bodied and packed with zingy stone fruit and citrus layers, supported by a wicked backbone of freshness, finishing long and minerally. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com
The 2017 R de Rieussec had been bottled 10 days prior to my visit at Lafite-Rothschild. Half was vinified in barrel according to winemaker Eric Kohler, mostly the Sauvignon Blanc and the rest in stainless steel, with a short ageing on the lees until January. It has a simple, light lime flower and green apple scented bouquet, with just a touch of melon in the background. The palate is well balanced with a citric entry. The acidity here is bracing and sharp and there is an attractive lemongrass-tinged finish that lingers in the mouth. Fine.