Château de Rayne Vigneau 2018

 In bond ex VATA case of 6 Bottles (75cl)

A Powerful and Harmonious Grand Cru of Sauternes

The magnificent First Classified Growth of Sauternes, Château de Rayne Vigneau reigns over a superb piece of land in the commune of Bommes.

Situated south of Bordeaux, the exceptional estate of Château de Rayne Vigneau extends over 84 hectares of vines planted on a mosaic of clay-gravelly soils, sandy clay and lake limestone. The vineyard is cultivated by means of sustainable agriculture, with great care taken to maintain environmental equilibrium.

In the tradition of great Sauternes, the grapes are harvested only after noble rot has done its job, and harvest takes place in several successive pickings, only when the fruit is at an optimal stage of ripeness and botrytisation.

The Château de Rayne Vigneau 2018 offers a blend of 76% Sémillon, complemented by 24% Sauvignon Blanc and a slight touch of Muscadelle.

The 2018 vintage of Château Rayne Vigneau is already showing all of the qualities of a great Sauternes wine. In the glass, the Château de Rayne Vigneau 2018 displays a beautiful bright golden yellow colour. The aromatic bouquet seduces the nose immediately with its power, revealing bright, fresh fruit. Exotic fruit aromas, reminiscent of pineapples and lychee, linger, along with apricot and pear, combined with delicious hints of pastry. The palate develops a harmonious succession of fruity flavours, especially notes of grapefruit and mango. Structured and tight, the palate is quite fresh, with the very long finish further enhanced by a delicate touch of bitterness.

Parker : 92-94 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Pale to medium lemon-gold colored, the 2018 Rayne-Vigneau strides boldly out of the glass with notes of baked lemons, honeysuckle, dried mango slices and honeyed white peaches plus wafts of musk perfume and fungi. The palate reveals beautiful poise and freshness with loads of delicate, nuanced layers and a softly spoken finish.
BordeauxSauternes
Vineyard
Graves

Dessert wine
Yes

J. Robinson
17

Wine Spectator
89-92

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Sauternes

Color
White

Producer
Château de Rayne Vigneau

Sweetness
Liquoreux

Classification
1er cru classe

Parker
92-94

Allergens
Contains sulphites