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1979 Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, France

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Wine Notes

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

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $103   From: $60   To: $222

Search Rank 59 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 59th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 65th

Price History for 1979 Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, France
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Grape Variety

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 Blanc 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.


  • 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 ...more

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