2010 Chateau Rabaud-Promis
Chateau Rabaud-Promis – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Quite a sweet RP this year, with a lot of concentration and fullness, yet with characteristic freshness of almost green acidity that balances the sweetness very nicely and enhances the purity of the very grapefruity Sémillon fruit. This all gives something of a 2001 ring to the wine, and maybe this will turn out even better than their 01.
Decanter: 16.5/20 – Pale, lots of citrus-like undertones, very clean and precise, but less potent and oily than most, perhaps because of a slightly less evolved sample. Very often this Château evolves more slowly than some of its neighbours, so time will tell. Drink 2020-2040.
Neal Martin: 91-93/100 – The Chateau Rabaud-Promis has a light bouquet of citrus lemon, lime flower and orange-blossom that is delicate at first but grows in intensity in the glass. The palate is well-balanced, with impressive weight on the entry, and what feels like higher botrytis levels than its peers. The finish is fresh and well-delineated, with pure dried honey and a touch of tangy marmalade. This is a very fine Sauternes 2010.
Jancis Robinson: 16.5/20 – Drink 2018-2030. Coppery gold. Big and brash and fructose-filled. Tense and rich at the same time. A thread of citrus. Green Edinburgh-rock flavours. Not subtle. A bit aggressive. Residual Sugar 138 g/l, Total Acidity 4.3 g/l, Alcohol 13.7%.
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94/100 – Very rich in character. The sweetness is there, but masked by the firm structure, the almost tannic texture. Great concentration.
Tim Atkin: 92/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 90-92/100 – More subtle nose, not as opulent, the palate seems contained now. Fine texture and feel, promising but just not very expressive.
James Suckling: 90-91/100
Jeremy Williams: 92-94/100 – Pale gold; nice botrytis here; thick on the nose; wax and butter too; fresh palate, good acid and feels nicely balanced; this is very, very good. Complex, sweet and fab.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 17.5/20
Jean-Marc Quarin: 16.75-17/20
Jane Anson: 93++/100 – This has an intensely rich, well fruited attack, cinammon, lemon souffle, excellent definition of flavours, again a gourmet style, but with clear freshness and some real success. Drink 2018-2030