2016 EP Château Rabaud-Promis, Sauternes, 1er Cru Classé

 

 

Tight, stone and tropical fruit within a rigid citrus frame, despite majority Semillon (classic composition, with a bit of Sauvignon Blanc and dash of Muscadelle).  Botrytis character with peppery tones/ fruit spices.

 

 

On palate, packed fruit with its spices. Lifted acidity. Certainly this wine will improve significantly in the long term. 

 

A special Barsac in that the taste steered not overloaded with sugars so as not to saturate our taste buds.

 

Based on reasoned viticulture which favors the biodiversity and the mechanical work of the soil, Sustainable viticulture is practiced as they like to remember. Mixed wood and stainless steel vinification and precise parcels for wines

 

They also produce a second wine, the promises of Rabaud-Promis, whose name sums up the spirit.


 

 

Leading comments and scores are:

 

Neal Martin

91-93

The 2016 Rabaud Promis was a little subdued on the nose compared to its peers when I tasted the wine from barrel. The palate is fresh on the entry with tangy orange peel and marmalade, good depth and acidity, a touch of spice enlivening the finish. It does not quite have the harmony of its peers, but it should gain cohesion during its élevage. - Wine Advocate #230, April 2017


 

James Suckling

91-92

Very sweet and linear with sliced-lemon and cooked-apple character. Some nice botrytis character. - March 2017

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