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1988 Rabaud-Promis, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1012745 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1995)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/1995)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/1998)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark The first of two wines from this very succulent and successful Sauternes vintage. A relatively light, refreshing mature Sauternes, it tasted just like candied pears. Lovely and juicy. 17.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2011)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the property in Sauternes. The fantastic Rabaud Promis 1988 has a glorious bouquet with an almost Barsac-like persona: overripe oranges, marmalade and quince, all with great purity and control. It just unfurls with each swirl of the glass. The palate is extremely well balanced with a fresh, pure, life-affirming entry. Again, there is that keen thread of racy acidity that is succinctly entwined with the fruit. It has ample botrytis and is supremely well balanced towards the elegant, refined finish. The persistency is probably just a little longer the delineated than the 1983 or 1986. This is one of the best Sauternes wines of the vintage. Tasted April 2012."


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