Château Rabaud Promis, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes, Non OWC, 1988

  Château Rabaud-Promis

Château Rabaud Promis, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes, Non OWC

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Sauternes

Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Sémillon is the principal grape, because it is especially susceptible to noble rot, Sauvignon is used for its naturally high acidity, whilst tiny proportions of the capricious Muscadelle are used for aromatic qualities. Sweet wine has been made here at least since the late 18th century. Its position is unique, close to two rivers, the broad Garonne and its small tributary, the Ciron. In autumn, the cool Ciron waters flow into the warmer tidal Garonne, evening mists develop that envelop the vineyards until late morning the following day, after the sun has burnt the mist away all that is left is moisture on trhe grapes that encourages noble rot or Botrytis cinerea. This fungus attacks grapes, causing them to shrivel, concentrating flavour sugars and acids. The wines were classified in 1855, the most prominent of which is Château Yquem, whose yields even in a vintage where noble rot is prominent, reach no more than 10 hl/ha.

Grape Blend: Sauvignon Blanc | Semillon

The traditional dry white Bordeaux blend is usually barrel-fermented to produce a richer, less assertive, food friendly style of Sauvignon with the Semillon adding weight and flesh to the blend. The greatest, most long-lived examples are to be found in the Pessac-Léognan and Graves. The blend has been mirrored to great effect by producers in New Zealand and Australia to produce juicy enjoyable early drinking wines.