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Rayne Vigneau has all the excellent qualities of a legendary fine wine. Classified 1st growth in the famous 1855 classification, the domain is also renowned for its precious soil that abounds in precious stones. This Sauternes has a particularly intense style, fresh with a long finish on the palate. Rayne Vigneau is a wine that contains amazing freshness, to drink young or to keep in the cellar.
Château de Rayne Vigneau is one of the benchmarks of this appellation.
The nose is amazingly intense, showing delicate hints of apricot, mint and ginger. The first impression on the palate is supple and yet fresh, then revealing some very luscious flavours while remaining perfectly in balance. Mint and marmalade give way to fresh citrus fruit. The wine is perfectly poised despite its considerable richness. This is a most accomplished Rayne Vigneau, both powerful and extremely elegant. Could be drunk as from 2015, but at its best between 2030 and 2040.
Much like 1947, 1961 and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost overly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant and opulent wines with high maturity and low acidity. The tannins are exceptionally ripe, while the wines are quite voluptuous in style. The Left Bank recorded more hours of sunshine than legendary vintages such as 1947 and 1982, and the grapes had higher sugar concentrations than in 2003 and 2005. The key was significant diurnal temperature variations that allowed the grapes to withstand hot daytime temperatures. An exceptional vintage on all levels.