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Rayne Vigneau 2005

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Sauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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Tasting Notes

The 2005 Rayne-Vigneau displays superb levels of botrytis on the complex bouquet - dried honey, dried quince, apricot blossom and minerals. The palate is very well-balanced with a little more race than the 2004. It is not a powerful or ambitious Sauternes, but it is well behaved with an almost understated, pure, mellifluous finish. This is very seductive, though it should reward cellaring for several years. Drink now-2028. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (207), June 2013
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Pale to medium lemon-gold in color, the 2005 de Rayne Vigneau gives up intense lime cordial and preserved lemons scents with hints of chalk dust, straw, and mandarin peel. The palate delivers loads of zip and zing, with citrus preserves and a lifted finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, July 2022

Tasted blind. Notably pale lemon gold. Lots of citrus acidity. A tad simple. Box-ticking rather than intense and exciting. Hint of caramel.
Drink 2016-2028

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Fairly pale yellow with a green tinge. Aromas of peach nectar, mirabelle and dusty ginger. Spicy and firm on the palate, with modest complexity to the flavors of candied stone fruits. Not a particularly glyceral style. The dusty ginger notes recurs on the back.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, December 2007

It is a pleasure to record that this famous old cru has really reclaimed its position after several years of steady progress. The fruit is both intense and very scented may blossom on the nose. The wine is particularly complex with lovely vinosity and concentration; great purity of fruit and finesse %u2013 a great Sauternes. 5 stars

David Peppercorn MW, Decanter.com, May 2006
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Apple sauce, honey and cream aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of sweetness. Spicy. Best from here in a long time.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Hint of green in the gold. Lovely obviously botrytised appetising wine with great winning layers of pear juice and very fine acidity. Long and refreshing with the sweetness beautifully counter-weighted. Very fresh and revitalising. Drink 2015-30

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006
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