Chateau Sigalas Rabaud Sauternes / 2010 / 375mL
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Chateau Sigalas Rabaud takes its name from the two original owners of the estate, the Rabaud family, who owned the property prior to 1660 and the Sigalas family, who purchased the property in 1864. What we know as Chateau Sigalas Rabaud passed to the de Cazeau family as the dowry of Madame Peyronne de Rabaud. In 1903, the Sigalas family renamed the estate, Chateau Rabaudet, Sigalas Rabaud.
That same year, the son of Henri Sigalas sold part of their vineyards to Adrien Promis, who created Chateau Rabaud Promis. In 1929 the same properties once again became part of the original estate. That arrangement lasted until 1949 when the portion that was previously known as Chateau Promis was sold to Raymond Louis Lanneluc. The established company, Domaine Cordier, first took an interest in Sigalas Rabaud in 1972 before buying a stake in the vineyards in 1994.
Today, the 14 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Sigalas Rabaud, located in the commune of Bomme is planted to 98% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Blanc. This represents a large reduction in the amount of Sauvignon Blanc previously planted in their vineyards. On average, the vines are 45 years of age. At 14 hectares, that makes Chateau Sigalas Rabaud the smallest classified growth in Sauternes. The terroir of Sigalas Rabaud consists of sand, gravel and clay soils.
To produce the wine of Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, the estate uses both a vertical press and a pneumatic press. Vinification takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels for a minimum of 18 months. On average, the estate produces close to 2,500 cases of Chateau Sigalas Rabaud per year. There is a second wine which changed names from Le Cadet Sigalas to Le Lieutenant de Sigalas.