Bordeaux 2011: Charles Chevallier on Rieussec and Sauternes

April 10, 2012

Charles Chevallier is the winemaker of the coveted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild, but he is also one of the best sweet winemakers in Bordeaux, overseeing the production of the famous Sauternes estate of Chateau Rieussec. The 2011 vintage in Bordeaux is an excellent year for the top names of Sauternes, perhaps at the same or better level than 2005 or 1997. I tasted the 2011 Rieussec during my visit to Lafite last month (they share the same ownership), and I asked Charles on camera to recap what happened in 2011 for the harvest in Sauternes.

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