I have not tasted the 1916 Chateau Rieussec and I doubt that I ever shall. Produced in World War I were produced in miniscule quantities, most of which never left France. As memory serves, in 2007 the owner of a brewery found a long buried wine cellar that contained some six bottles of the wine. Since that time at least 100 of those six wines have appeared at auctions. In other words, antique labels and all, a good chance that quite a few of those around today are
counterfeits. Even if fully genuine, I doubt very much that the Rieussec of that period would have survived its near centennial.
As to the others….
Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, 1995: Deep golden yellow in color, this concentrated and full bodied wine offers up generous honeyed sweetness that is well balanced by natural acidity. On the nose and palate look for deep honey, citrus rind, mineral, pineapple and flowers and on the long, long finish of this creamy wine look for the entry of browned butter and smoky flavors. Drinking well now but the wine should cellar comfortably until 2015. Score 93. (Tasted 16 Feb 1998)
Chatreau Rieussec, Sauternes 1981: Appealingly sweet but with little botrytis influence in its youth but now, like many of the '81 Sauternes wines taking on overly acidic, nail-polish aromas and oxidized flavors. Well past its peak. No longer scoreable. (Re-tasted twice with consistent notes 19 Aug 1997)