2005 Ch. de Rayne-Vigneau, Sauternes

2005 Ch. de Rayne-Vigneau, Sauternes

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2005 Ch. de Rayne-Vigneau, Sauternes

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A fine, bright pale colour, lovely forward fruit, elegant and precise with an attractive medium/long fragrant finish. For enjoyable early drinking. Drink 2008 to 2020 BBR Score: 16/20
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Chateau de Rayne Vigneau

Chateau de Rayne Vigneau

Owned by SC du Château de Rayne-Vigneau (Mestrezat), this 79 ha property produces on average 20,000 cases per year. Located in the south of the Sauternes appellation, next to Ch. Lafaurie-Peyraguey, the property shares a similar climate to that enjoyed by Sauternes. Hotter and more humid than the Médoc, autumnal early-morning mists, triggered by the meeting of the tributary Ciron and the river Garonne, create ideal conditions for the development of `botrytis' on the grape skins.

The vineyards (Sémillon 75%; Sauvignon Blanc 23%; Muscadelle 2%) are situated on a mound close to and overlooking `le Ciron' tributary. The wines ferment in double-lined, stainless steel vats before being transferred into oak, 60% new, for 18 months. In 1855 it was classified as a 1er Cru Classé.

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Sauternes

Sauternes

Sauternes is where arguably the world's finest sweet white wines are produced. The Sauternes appellation actually consists of five communes: Barsac, Preignac, Bommes, Fargues and Sauternes itself. Barsac is also an appellation in its own right.

Sauternes literally has an atmosphere different from any of the other major communes. At the southern tip of the Graves,close to the Garonne, not only is the land hillier and decidedly more bucolic but it also enjoys a specific mesoclimate of evening autumn mists which linger until well into the following day, unless burnt off by warm sunshine.

The mists are caused by the cool, spring-fed waters of the Ciron River meeting the warmer tidal Garonne, and the result is an ideal environment for the growth of the mould botrytis cinerea. When its arrival is felicitous, it feeds on the water in the ripe grapes, dehydrating them and leaving sweet, shriveled fruit.

Other regions in Bordeaux (ie Cadillac, Loupiac) produce wines in a similar style from the same method, but none achieve the profundity and complexity of Sauternes.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. D'Yquem, Ch. Climens (Barsac), Ch. Suduiraut, Ch. Rieussec,  Sigalas- Rabaud, Ch. Coutet (Barsac), Ch. de Fargues, Ch. Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Ch. Doisy-Védrines (Barsac), Chateau Partarrieu, La Tour Blanche

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Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Robert Parker92/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Chteau de Rayne-Vigneau has a waxy, dried pineapple, honey and petrol-tinged bouquet that gains vigor in the glass. The palate is fresh and vibrant with plenty of botrytis: very harmonious with honeyed fruit laced with dried orange peel, quince and ginger. This builds extremely well in the mouth and fans out in glorious fashion on the finish. This is an excellent Sauternes that should give 20 or 30 years of pleasure.
Neal Martin - 29/06/2015 Read more
Robert Parker92/100
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château de Rayne-Vigneau has a waxy, dried pineapple, honey and petrol-tinged bouquet that gains vigor in the glass. The palate is fresh and vibrant with plenty of botrytis: very harmonious with honeyed fruit laced with dried orange peel, quince and ginger. This builds extremely well in the mouth and fans out in glorious fashion on the finish. This is an excellent Sauternes that should give 20 or 30 years of pleasure.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #219 Jun 2015 Read more