Chateau Rabaud-Promis 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Rabaud-Promis – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Owner Philippe Dejean likes acidity and freshness in his wines, and this year, with the botrytis totally invading the vineyard and concentrating so quickly, it is a tribute to him to have managed to capture them once again in his ’09. At 140 g/l residual, the richness is well under control – although the overall impression is extremely liquorous – and blends into the brightness and spriteliness of fresh fruit and acidity. A very refreshing wine, appearing very sweet but not at all heavy, almost Layon in style.
Decanter – 17.5 Points: Super rich and unctuous, not as disciplined by the barrel as others, excellent acidity, necessary for a very long ageing, long, intense, promising.
Jancis Robinson – 16 Points: Light and sweet on the nose. A bit lighter and tarter than many though still with some vivacity. Glucose flavours. Drink 2016-2026
Wine Advocate – 94-96 Points: This is initially very muted on the nose, but it unfurls seductively with subtle, perfumed aromas of lime leaf, white peach, fresh apricot and touches of white flowers: very pretty and well defined. The palate is beautifully balanced, so pure and succinct with wonderful precision towards the vibrant, white peach and apricot finish. This is a wonderful Sauternes and one of their best wines in recent years.
Wine Spectator – 90-93 Points: Sliced pear and apple, with honey and spices. Full-bodied, with apple pie and honey flavors and a pretty finish.
All prices are £ per case, In Bond UK. Wines are currently in barrel and will be bottled and shipped from 2012 after which either in bond storage, in bond delivery or duty paid delivery (including VAT) charges will be invoiced at 2012 rates.