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Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988

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RP 93
Robert Parker's 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.
WS 93
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.
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Chateau Rabaud Promis

Chateau Rabaud Promis

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Chateau Rabaud Promis, France
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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.
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Sweet and unctuous but delightfully charming, the finest Sauternes typically express flavors of exotic dried tropical fruit, candied apricot, dried citrus peel, honey or ginger and a zesty beam of acidity.

Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle are the grapes of Sauternes. But Sémillon's susceptibility to the requisite noble rot makes it the main variety and contributor to what makes Sauternes so unique. As a result, most Sauternes estates are planted to about 80% Sémillon. Sauvignon is prized for its balancing acidity and Muscadelle adds aromatic complexity to the blend with Sémillon.

Botrytis cinerea or “noble rot” is a fungus that grows on grapes only in specific conditions and its onset is crucial to the development of the most stunning of sweet wines.

In the fall, evening mists develop along the Garonne River, and settle into the small Sauternes district, creeping into the vineyards and sitting low until late morning. The next day, the sun has a chance to burn the moisture away, drying the grapes and concentrating their sugars and phenolic qualities. What distinguishes a fine Sauternes from a normal one is the producer’s willingness to wait and tend to the delicate botrytis-infected grapes through the end of the season.

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Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

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