2009 Château Rabaud-Promis Sauternes Premier Cru Classe
Full and intense, this vintage envelops you in its aromas of honeyed yellow fruit, apricot jam, quince paste, exotic fruit with a hint of lemon balm.
Wine Enthusiast: 96 Points
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. Barrel Sample: 94-96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 94 Points
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.
Wine Spectator: Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points
Sliced pear and apple, with honey and spices. Full-bodied, with apple pie and honey flavors and a pretty finish.