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1979 Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, France

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First Growth. Premier Cru Classe in 1855. Ownership: Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $104   From: $60   To: $139

Search Rank 73 What is search rank?
Over all vintages, this was the 73rd most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year. Search rank last month: 88th

Score: 87.
The Wine-Searcher score of 87/100 is based on the following wine critic score:
Critic Score
89/100 (10 notes from 8 users )  
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Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon is a classic white wine blend. It is most widely produced in France (most notably Bordeaux's Graves district), where both Sauvignon Banc and Semillon are well-established varieties, and has more recently caught on in Australia (particularly Margaret River). The versatile blend is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but it is also the blend of choice for the world's most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure and mouthfeel from Semillon.

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Region Hierarchy
  • Sauternes wine region

    Sauternes, 40 miles (65km) south of Bordeaux city, is a village famous for its high-quality sweet wines. Although some wineries here produce dry wines, they sell them under appellations other than the sweet-specific Sauternes appellation. The village is surrounded on all sides by vineyards, the best of which produce some of the world's most prestigious, long-lived and expensive dessert wines. A half-bottle of top-quality, aged Sauternes wine from a good vintage can command prices in excess of US$1000.

    The classic Sauternes wine has an intense golden color (darker than most other dessert wines), which turns a deep amber as it ages in bottle. The aromas include blossom and stone fruit, with a hint of honeysuckle – the trademark of botrytized wines. The best wines balance sweetness with acidity, concentration with freshness, and power with elegance.

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  • Graves wine region

    Graves is a wine district in France's Bordeaux region, characterized by the gravel soils (graves) after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux's sub-regions, Graves is respected as much for its red wines as for its whites. It is the only district producing Grand Cru wines of both colors, most notably the Premier Grand Cru chateaux Haut-Brion (dry red and dry wh ... more

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