Carmes de Rieussec 2005 (Sauternes, France)
Cork, $30, 14%
The second label of Rieussec and produced in the same manner as the grand vin, this is 85% Semillon, 10% Sauv Blanc & 5% Muscadelle, spending 18 months in oak. Very serious then.
Golden yellow in colour, this shows an authentic Sauternes nose of honey & lemon lime tart, with a bit of custard for good measure. It’s a cake shop of a nose and rather appealing, even if its a bit compacted and dense for real sex appeal. The palate follows this with a firm, perhaps too firm, expression thats dry and all a bit too much structural bulk (and warm alcohol) for the fruit on offer.
Will definitely get better with time, it’s just a bit hard going at present. 16.3+