2011 Sigalas Rabaud, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1160099 96 points James Suckling

 Wow. This Sauternes shows an amazing intensity of dried pineapple, mango and spicy botrytis. It really shakes you. Full body and very sweet, but with an intense, wild finish of everything. Speechless. Best ever from here. Hard not to drink it now, but better in 2020.  (1/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold. Sexy oak nuances complicate aromas of peach, guava, marzipan and flowers. Bright acidity frames the sweet tropical fruit salad and light oak flavors and gives the wine a wonderful inner-mouth aromatic quality. Boasts captivating purity and length, not to mention lovely back-end lift and perfume, but it doesn't have the density of the most concentrated wines of the vintage. Insiders know that this is always one of the best Sauternes to serve as an aperitif due to its refined, lighter style.  (8/2012)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine has both weight and a light touch. Its weight is driven by the powerful botrytis character and ripe apricot fruit; its lightness comes from a straight line of intense acidity that cuts through the wine. It should age a long time.  (4/2012)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Quite rich, with mango, pineapple and apricot notes on a large frame. The long, creamy finish features a lot of ginger and nectarine. Shows raw power now, but the purity and length are here.  (4/2012)

88-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Sigalas-Rabaud has a precise bouquet of lightly honeyed fruit mingling with orange blossom and apricot. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity, although this is not a powerful Sauternes and it is missing concentration on the delicate, pretty finish, which has fine tension if not length. Perhaps it will improve by the time of bottling? Drink 2013-2025. (88-91+) (NM)  (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 RS 130 g/l, TA 3.8 g/l. Mid to deep gold. Very attractive oily spice over apricot and lemon richness. Same golden spice on the palate, becoming elegant and fruity as it crosses the palate and refined on the finish. Lovely harmony in a rich style. 17/20 points. Drink 2019-2032.  (4/2012)

K&L Notes

It's wise to also look at smaller, more affordable producers in grea tSauternes vintages like 2011. This is an outstanding effort from a fine property, and it will age very gracefully.

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