Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988
Other Dessert from Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Spectator - "Elegant and full-bodied, exhibiting a burst of botrytis character, impressive structure and spicy, dried apricot, honey, caramel and lemon flavors and a long finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The 1988 remains the most classic of the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages. It possesses great richness, sweetness, and unctuous texture, as well as higher acidity, plenty of botrytis, a wonderful, rich, honeyed pineapple, coconut, and orange-scented nose, gobs of rich fruit, and excellent delineation. Approachable now, it promises to age effortlessly for 25-30 years. At one time, Rabaud-Promis was among the most notorious underachievers of Barsac/Sauternes. That all changed in 1986. The 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages offer formidable evidence that Rabaud-Promis is exhibiting more consistency in quality than many of its more renowned neighbors."
International Wine Cellar - "Fairly pale color. Fresh aromas of fruit salad; some unresolved SO2 gives this a whiff of gunpowder. Very rich, sweet and intensely flavored, given shape and delineation by vibrant acidity. A lovely floral nuance lifts the fruit. Not yet particularly complex, but fat and stuffed with flavor. Enticingly sweet, lingering aftertaste. A classy '88."
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Chateau Rabaud Promis Winery
Located opposite the Chateau d'Yquem, the Rabaud-Promis castle, quietly lying on the hill Rabaud since the late eighteenth century, offers its facade, designed by architect Victor Louis, the rising sun. His vineyard, the creation of which coincides with the birth of Sauternes, spreads peacefully on the gentle slopes that surround the house. Premier cru classified in 1855, the story of Chateau Rabaud-Promis is a real saga, owned by cutting change owner until 1950, when it was bought by Louis Raymond Lanneluc. The property is exclusively family managed by Michele and Philippe Dejean and his son Thomas, representing the 9th generation of winemakers in Sauternes. View all Chateau Rabaud Promis Wines
About Sauternes and BarsacView a map of Sauternes and Barsac wineries (saw-TURN & BAR-sak)
The regions of Sauternes & Barsac are both located southeast of Graves, almost directly south of St-Émilion, and hug the Garonne River as it curves. Both areas are dedicated to producing sweet, white wines. The rains, the mists, the humidity and the climate, all help foster the necessary mold that leads to the unfortified, but lusciously sweet wines produced there.
Semillon is the primary grape here as it takes well to bortrytis, also known as "noble rot." Sauvignon Blanc is used in the blend to add acidity to the richer, thicker Semillon. The process for making the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac is long, labored and costly. Adter it has reached maximum ripeness, the Semillon grapes are left on the vine until they are infected with botrytis. This helpful mold then shrivels the grapes, concentrating the sugars but maintaining the acids. Weather is not always agreeable and berries must be picked at just the right moment, all by hand. The grapes yeild less juice than dry wines, due to their shriveled and concentrated state. Some houses, like the famed Chateau Yquem, will not make a wine in a less-than-perfect year. All these factors lead to highly prized, and often expensive, wine. However, the taste is well worth it. In the palate the wines of Sauternes & Barsac are luscious and sweet, yet with the balanced acidity to keep them from being too cloying or candied.Wines with the Sauternes AC must be sweet - dry wines are labeled under the Graves or Bordeaux AC. Barsac wines may be labeled either Barsac AC or Sauternes AC. Typically, Barsac wines are a little lighter in body and less intense than Sauternes.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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