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Rayne Vigneau 2009

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

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Tasting Notes

The 2009 Rayne-Vigneau has a more Barsac-like bouquet with orange pith, dried honey, quince and subtle white flower scents, not quite as detailed as the 2009 Doisy-Védrines, but still attractive. The palate is viscous on the entry with honeyed fruit laced with mandarin, quince and nutmeg. Good depth and grip with a touch of spice towards the long and captivating finish. Superb. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2019 - 2040

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019

Shows notes of orange and lemon peel, with dried apple. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a thick and layered palate. Long and spicy. Solid and well made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

Pale gold colored, the 2009 Rayne-Vigneau is revealing scents of broom, green tea, fragrant earth and candied citrus peel with touches of Manuka honey and crème caramel. The evolving palate has a pleasant nuttiness complimenting the hedonic dried berry layers, finishing earthy/savory. 2019 - 2031

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2019), March 2019

A bit mousy and suppressed on the nose. Broad and burnt and a bit hard work on the palate. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2016-2030.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

Rich, promising fruit on the nose. The palate is attractive but does not quite deliver the complexity found elsewhere. Enjoyable if not profound.

Farr Vintners, April 2010

The nose is quite light the freshness of lemon peel rather hiding fruit sweetness. Richer flavours are there on the start of the palate but towards the back citrus and apple freshness takes over rather over dominating the sweetness and giving a lighter feel to the finish. Drink 2020-2035.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

The new oak is comparatively restrained here (33% of the blend), but this is certainly a wine with masses of flavour. The botrytis really sings on the palate, giving the sweetness of 160 grams an exotic, peachy richness. The depth of flavour is nicely balanced by the high percentage of Sauvignon Blanc, which adds freshness to the wine. 10+ years.

Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

2009 will be a great special vintage for the property, with a new team and brilliant winemaking. Complete, rich and elegant great-terroir Sauternes, not far from Clos Haut-Peyraguey in the orange and grapefruit aromas, great length.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010
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Consistent notes to the bottle tasted at Southwold several weeks earlier. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of spice, peach skin, mandarin and a slight marine-like accent that was noticeable on the 2008. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous entry. It has a candied purity with good acidity, although there is still some oak to be resolved on the finish. Give this beauty another two or three years to show what it can really do. Drink 2016-2030. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (207), June 2013

The 2009 Rayne-Vigneau has a more conservative bouquet with neatly placed scents of dried honey and beeswax, a touch of Barsac barley sugar developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a very candied entry: orange zest, mandarin and a little barley sugar once again. It is well-balanced: clean and fresh, with good precision, if not the complexity, towards the finish. I suspect that this will improve in bottle over the next decade. Drink 2018-2035.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

The 2009 Rayne-Vigneau is one of the stars of the vintage. It has a very well defined, almost understated nose with white peach, apricot and lime leaf: very pretty and succinct. The palate is very well balanced, beautifully defined with real minerality showing through the viscous, botrytized fruit. Great tension here, effortlessly counterbalancing the richness to perfection.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010
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