The 2002 vintage of Chateau Rieussec is a classic example of an off- vintage for the region, but a wine that is perhaps a bit under valued, and although not a super stunner for the real Sauternes nut, could be a value quaff for simple occasions. The aromas of this wine consists of apricot nectar, honey, nutmeg-spice, and a pretty pronounced chemical-paint like component. These aromas and nuances translate onto the palate where the wine hits the palate with notes of apricot, orange marmalade, nutmeg, and that sort of dicey chemical contingency. The wine has nice acidity but is slightly disjointed on the finish because of a noted alcohol issue that brings a bit of heat. Overall I believe this wine is still value for under thirty bucks but it's not the prime example of concentration and beauty that we're used to with Rieussec. Good but really far from great, 90 points.
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