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Château Sigalas-Rabaud


Address: 33210 Langon

Telephone: +33 (0)5 56 21 31 43



Château Sigalas-Rabaud is a well-known premier cru Sauternes that was once part of the large Rabaud estate. The vintages 2009-2011 are wonderful here and the 2013 looks to have exciting potential.

Vineyard/Terrior: 14 hectares planted on siliceous gravel with 85% Sémillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaking/Elévage: Barrel aged in new oak for eighteen to twenty months, one-third new barrels. Racked every three months.

Tasting notes:

  • 2013 Pale green/gold; full; some butterscotch and wax; quite bold; layers; entry sweet with some spice and zap along with full flavours; very attractive indeed. Tasted UGCB 1/4/14. Drink 2017-2025. 91-93+
  • 2012 Quite gold/grey in the glass; clean; nice honey; elegant; some oil and wax with butter tones; I’m enjoying this. Good length here. Excellent effort. 95% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc. UGC April 11, 2013. 88-90
  • 2011 Pale gold; honey; little dumb; some cream, whiff of toffee; crisp palate; fresh; seemingly less sweet but woth balancing acid. Nice pretty finsh. This is deceptively elegant, the acid cutting through the sweetness. Like it a lot. Tasted April ’11 at UGCB. 92-94+
  • 2010 Deep gold; creamy, rich nose; quite thick palate, butterscotch and heather honey notes; rich, sweet and thick. Full and luscious. Oct ’12 at UGCB. 93+
  • 2009 Fresh quality to the nose; grassy quality, medium weight and very attractive. Apr ’12 UGCB. 90-92+/100
  • 2007 Golden; mid-weight; apricots; quite elegant and clean; not oversweet. Excellent balance. 88-90+/100 UGC tasting Oct ‘09

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