CHÂTEAU RAYNE VIGNEAU
2011 1er Cru Classé Sauternes
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The 2011 Rayne-Vigneau delivers expressive notes of fungi, damp earth and truffles over a core of sultanas, allspice, apricot preserves and dried pineapple. Very ripe, rich and opulent in the mouth, the decadent fruit is nicely off-set by a compelling backbone of freshness and plenty of earthy layers, finishing with a lingering musk perfume. Drinking range: 2018 - 2038 Rating: 93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Aug 2018)
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Strong orange peel and fun! Slightly bitter on the end. 2020-2035 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com
The Rayne-Vigneau has a seductive nose with tropical fruit, vanilla and coconut aromas that seek to entrance from first acquaintance. At the moment, the oak is noticeable but it should assimilate by the time of bottling. The palate is very precise with fine minerality and tension on the entry. It has outstanding focus and linearity before fanning out with a peacock’s tail of quince and marmalade on the long, viscous finish. This is an excellent wine that gets better and better in the glass. Drink 2014-2035. Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
A very convincing aromatic profile on the nose, lots of creamy citrus-tinged exotic fruits, a very pure, pineapple and orange character. The palate is fat and fairly rich, with wonderful style to it. Rich, harmonious, with a very broad texture but also a huge energy underneath it keeping it lifted and bright. Defined, fresh, balanced, with long and moderately concentrated character. So bright, charming and vivacious, and yet with a deep, concentrated finish. Rating: 17.5-18.5 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com
Château Rayne Vigneau
Sauternes Premier Cru 1855 The owners of the estate in the 17th Century (a Gabriel de Vigneau appears on deeds as far back as 1635) were the de Vigneau family. In 1834, the estate was purchased by Catherine Marie de Rayne. On her death, Château Vigneau passed to her brother and it was his son Albert de Pontac who attached his aunt's name to the estate. Today, Château Rayne Vigneau is owned by CA Grand Crus (a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole) who also own Grand-Puy-Ducasse in Pauillac and Meyney in Saint Estèphe. The 80ha vineyard overlooks the River Ciron, and is composed of 74% Semillon, 24% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. The wines are fermented in wood and aged for up to 18 months.
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