Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Chateau Rieussec 1983 Wine Review (NW)

Golden-orange in color
Very aromatic nose of honey and cream
Oranges and honey on the palate
Smooth, creamy finish

What a treat! Sauternes is quite possibly the greatest achievement in the world of wine, and drinking 22-year old dessert wine that tastes as young as ever is an amazing phenomenon. Great Sauternes, by the way, age well for 200 years or more. In fact, there's no known limit to the aging potential for the greatest of Sauternes, as they are still quietly tucked away in cellars around the world.

This Sauternes was delicious, but very different from others I've had. It had more orange throughout, in its color and the layers on the palate. I enjoyed two small glasses on New Year's Eve with some fresh fruit and a mousse. Our hosts graciously dipped into their fine cellar for the evening's selections and did not disappoint. At auction, this wine would go for approximately $120 in 750mL format. Raise a glass!

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