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Chateau Rieussec “R” 1985

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"R" is for rad.

Over the course of the weekend, the Wine Tasting Academy where delegates were exposed to a range of top quality wines intended to refine ideas about wine quality. Started in 2007 by Michael Fridjhon in conjunction with Wine magazine, it ran until 2011, was suspended last year in the aftermath of the publication closing down and has now been resumed.

One of many memorable wines of the weekend was the Chateau Rieussec “R” 1985, which appeared in a flight put together to demonstrate the effect of age on white wine. A dry white intended as a counterpoint to Ygrec from Yquem, it was apparently only made once on account of it not attracting a popular following.

By no means perfect, it was a wine that I found compelling nevertheless. Honeyed, nutty, earthy notes as you’d expect on a wine of this age but still some lime and tangerine and lovely coated acidity. It also managed to have breadth and depth, a rare combination. Proof once again of how well Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon combine (although this wine might also have contained a dash of Muscadelle).

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