2016 Château Rabaud-Promis Sauternes Wine Tasting Note


2016 Château Rabaud-Promis  (Sauternes) 91

On the candied orange and honeyed tangerine side of the style range, this is a bright, fresh, floral, spicy, sweet wine with a touch of vanilla bean, pineapple and apricot in the finish. The wine is precocious. So if you like your sweets on the young side, this is for you.

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Chateau Rabaud Promis Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Rabaud Promis, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Rabaud Promis can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Rabaud Promis is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it's between 12-25 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!

But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Rabaud Promis and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Rabaud Promis with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Rabaud Promis is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out. Chateau Rabaud Promis can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell.

Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Rabaud Promis can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Rabaud Promis.