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.
Natalie's Score: 94/100
Amazing! Gorgeous concentration of flavours with ripe fleshy apricot, peach preserves and marmalade. Yum!
This Château De Rayne-Vigneau 1Er Cru Meritage 2007 was reviewed on October 1, 2011 by Natalie MacLean
Rayne Vigneau’s vineyard lies on a splendid gravel mound, overlooking Sauternes near the village of Bommes and forming the third highest point in the area after Yquem. Back in the 17th century, “Vigneau de Bommes” was the original name for the vineyard, the château, the surrounding estate and, finally, the de Vigneau family, who were the first lords of the manor. Gabriel de Vigneau is indeed mentioned in documents as early as 1635. His son, Étienne, married Jeanne Sauvage, daughter of the Lord of Yquem, and supervised the estate starting 1681. Madame de Rayne, née Catherine de Pontac, bought the Domaine du Vigneau in 1834.
The influence of the Ciron stream, that flows into the River Garonne, plays a key role in the over-ripening of the grapes. It causes morning mists to form in the late summer and early autumn, thereby encouraging the gradual growth of the Botrytis Cinerea fungus. Picking is carried out by hand, in successive selections made on the vines, so that each grape is picked only when it has been perfectly "botrytised". All this care taken in the vineyard is naturally extended to the winery, which includes a sorting table and rigorous selection process, followed by delicate pressing of the grapes. Each batch is fermented in barrels, according to local custom. The wines then continue their maturing process in barrels, of which between 40 and 50% are new each year.
The vines are an average of 30 years old, divided between 74% Sémillon, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, which brings the freshness so typical of the wines of this château, and 2% Muscadelle.
The yields are between 10 to 15 hectolitres per hectare, depending on the vintage.