2010 Chateau Sigalas Rabaud

Chateau Sigalas Rabaud 2009 En Primeur Sauternes

Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud – First Growth Sauternes

RELEASED 12th May 2011 – £349/case bottles or £365/case half bottles

Bill Blatch: A very full wine, with good but unobtrusive sweetness and above all a great brightness / freshness to the middle-fruit that, together with the just-enough acidity, take this remarkably full yet pure wine through to a very fine, minty, tight finish. This is clearly about to become the closest recent vintage to this château’s golden days of the 60s. It reminds me of a latter day version of the great 67.
Decanter: 18.5/20 – Golden colour, but with green edges indicating ability to age, some oakiness but as with Rieussec impressive texture and aftertaste, great class, and perfect ‘Haut-Bommes’ type (Haut-Bommes is the name of the most elevated Sauternes quarter). Drink 2020-2050.
Jancis Robinson: 17/20 – Drink 2020-2035.  Deep orangey gold.  Very big and quite beery.  Massively sweet – quite an achievement!  With the 2010 streak of acidity.  Fresh and vigorous but confident and well made.  Masses of intrusive acidity.  Residual Sugar 130 g/l, Total Acidity 3.9 g/l, Alcohol 13.7%.
Neal Martin: 91-93/100 – This has quite a bit of sulphur on the nose at first, but it clears with aeration. It remains tightly-coiled, with lemon, honey, apricot and limestone, demonstrating fine minerality. The palate has great tension on the entry, quite spicy and nutty in style, with a vibrant, zesty finish. This is an exuberant Sigalas-Rabaud with great potential.
Wine Enthusiast: 93-95/100 – Densely structured wine, full of honey, cinnamon, and sweetness. The acidity gives just the right counterpoint.
James Suckling: 92-93/100
Tim Atkin: 92/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 90-92/100 – Saline quality on the nose. Fine sap on the palate. Richness without sugary. Balance. Not a wow wine but well made.
Rene Gabriel: 19/20
Matthew Jukes: 15.5/20
Jane Anson: 91+/100 – Rich, deep gold colour. Some floral charcter, and as with many a slightly hot start is balanced by a clear shot of acidity into the mid palate that carries things through. Delicate apricot and lime blossom flavours. Drink 2018-2030
Jean-Marc Quarin: 16/20
Chris Kissack: 16-17/20 – Residual sugar 130+ g/l. Vibrant yellow-gold fruits on the nose here, very pure, with notes of yellow plum and star fruit, giving a very fresh and lifted impression. Although I should note there is certainly also a rather rich and honeyed layer beneath. A very fat and polished palate, remarkable fruit density, with wall-to-wall citrus, pear and tropical fruit salad, with a beautiful composition. Quite pure in terms of style, with a very rounded, liquorous character, although there is a little botrytis grit here. This certainly holds promise.
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