The property is planted 80% of Sémillon, 18% Sauvignon and 2% Muscadelle. The method of picking is quite unique. From October to December, the pickers pass through the whole vineyard, time after time, selecting one by one the grapes which have reached the right state of noble rot. It is only at such a price that the necessary concentration of sweetness can be reached to make the Sauternes wines. After fermentation, the wines spend 18 to 30 months in oak barrels renewed each year,
"The 1986 is a complex and elegant wine, with plenty of smoky almonds, peaches, and honeyed apricot fruit in the nose and flavors. In the mouth, the wine has a certain elegance, and perhaps not quite the punch one normally expects from Rieussec. Nevertheless, it is a compelling Sauternes that should age magnificently."
The Wine Advocate