2013 Sauternes, 1. Cru Classe, Bordeaux
The Chateau de Rayne Vigneau vineyard is situated on a beautiful hilltop overlooking the Sauternes wine region; it is the third highest peak after Chateau d’Yquem. This 2013 is 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc.
Although the climatic conditions were contrasted in 2013, the quality of the harvest in Sauternes was saved by the development of an exceptionally pure botrytis. The wine is at first fruity, and then develops on a rather blended and velvety acidity on the palate. This vintage once again reveals the Chateau de Rayne Vigneau signature: an outstanding tension between freshness and richness.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2013 Rayne-Vigneau, picked from September 21 until October 30 over four tries, is being blended from 28 lots and sees 40% new oak. It is still showing quite conspicuous oak on the nose, although there is clearly sufficient honeyed fruit to support it. With continued aeration, it reveals attractive but subtle almond and spice scents. The palate is well-balanced with a lively honeyed entry. This is already very cohesive, with fine delineation, and the finish is very composed, with a saltiness lingering on the aftertaste. It is a classic Rayne-Vigneau that should give a lot of pleasure after bottling.