2009 Rabaud Promis, Sauternes
Barrel sample. Great acidity here, but allied with considerable richness, there are flavors of orange marmalade, spicy tannins, a complex structure of very fresh fruits and dry botrytis.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind, I (incorrectly) discerned a Barsac-inspired bouquet adorned with rich honeyed scents combining with aromas of marmalade and white flowers with continued aeration. It is certainly an intense bouquet that shows impressive clarity. The palate is gorgeous: thickly layered honeyed notes with hints of orange zest, white peach and mandarin. It is a Sauternes full of volume and breeding, maintaining great precision on the finish. It just needs a little more persistency on the aftertaste. Drink now-2035.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep, saturated orange-gold. Vibrant aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, rose water and ripe cantaloupe, with plenty of botrytis character. Enters the mouth juicy and fresh, displaying great depth to its pure flavors of orange, peach, tea leaf, cantaloupe and oatmeal. Very sweet, but with balancing acidity that is positively exhilarating. Finishes with lovely lingering smoky perfume. This is by far the best young Rabaud-Promis I recall tasting.
Sliced pear and apple, with honey and spices. Full-bodied, with apple pie and honey flavors and a pretty finish.