Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, Premier Cru Classé, Sauternes-Barsac 1855 (Commune of Bommes), Sauternes, Bordeaux, France, 2010.
A semillon dominated blend with sauvignon blanc. Aged in 33% new oak barrels for 20 months. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, 37.5cl, £15, widely available, Costco for example.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with a rich ripe aroma palette, opening with lifted botryrtised notes of rich lemon curd, with an under-note of coconut – like gorse flower, then preserved lemon, rich ripe apricot and yellow peach confit, over-ripe pineapple and tinned mandarin.
Palate – a sweet wine, with medium (+) acidity, a low-key gummy grip, medium (+) alcohol, full-bodied, with a pronounced intensity, with sumptuous flavours of fresh ripe cut pineapple, tinned pineapple chunks, honeyed tropical fruit, dried papaya and dried mango. A very long length with a clean slightly gummy finish, from elevage in new or near new oak.
Quality – an outstanding quality wine, with a perfect balance between acidity and alcohol + residual sugar, which are harmonious with the strident botrytised flavour intensity. Quite complex, slightly lightweight on the nose, but with good concentration of flavour in a sweet smooth viscous wine, with a very long length. Ready to drink now but with acidity and intensity of primary and secondary flavours to evolve in bottle for 10-15 years.