2011 Rabaud-Promis, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1092435 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Picked from the September 15-30 over two tries and cropped at 9.5 hectoliters per hectare, the stunning 2011 Rabaud Promis has a more delicate, feminine nose than its peers, unfurling teasingly with enticing, pure apricot and quince aromas. The palate is rounded and sweet on the entry with very good weight and an utterly seductive essence of purity. It simply caresses the mouth and builds gradually to a beautifully composed finish. This is a superb 2011 Sauternes that comes highly recommended, perhaps as fine as the 1988 or 2001. Drink 2014-2035.  (4/2012)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine dances so easily on the palate, yet still has the weight and richness of the year. There is a delicacy here, followed by an even denser intensity. It charms now, but will surely age over many years.  (4/2012)

91-94 points Wine Spectator

 Still quite youthful, with a light yeasty edge that needs to be absorbed, but there's unctuous apricot, orange peel, fig, date and persimmon notes and a long, dried tangerine-filled finish. Backward, but the pieces are there.  (4/2012)

92-93 points James Suckling

 A deep and powerful Sauternes with a dense mouth feel and very sweet palate. Round yet lively. Spicy and beautiful. What it doesn't have a sheer complexity, it has in richness.  (4/2012)

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Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Sauternes

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