Grapes: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Text: Christopher Ng
Noble Rot wine is the king of sweet wine, only a few regions in the world can produce it. When the grapes were infected by Botrytis Cinera, they became partially raisined. Not only the sugar concentration was raised, but also the aromas and flavours. Consider the high wastage and concentration, one vine is just able to make 100ml Botrytis wine. For a half bottle, it takes about the harvest of 4 vines.
Château Rieussec in Sauternes, Bordeaux was classified Premier Grand Cru back in 1855, it has been a leading producer in the region for generations. It was originally owned by the monks of Carmes de Langon in the 18th century. It was confiscated after the French Revolution and changed hands several times since then. The current owner Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), who also owns Château Lafite Rothschild, purchased this château in 1984.
Flower, jam, musk and yeast nose composed the powerful structure of the aromas. The round body, complexity and lengthy after taste are contributed by the perfect blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes, which was matured in 50% new oak barrels for about 2 years.