Château de Rayne Vigneau - Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau 2015
Château de Rayne Vigneau - Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau 2015 (88 TSW)
This singular dry white wine comes from the terroir of Château de Rayne Vigneau, classified as a first Growth of Sauternes in 1855. It vines, planted on gravel hills, benefit from exceptional natural conditions. Hand harvested, this fresh, fruity wine is the result of a subtle alliance between the fine terroir and Sauvignon Blanc. Rayne Vigneau’s vineyard are situated on a splendid gravel mound, overlooking Sauternes near the village of Bommes and forming the third highest point in the area after Yquem.
This white wine is vinified in 80hl wooden barrels, specially designed to allow a batonnage on the lees, giving it freshness and roundness.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a medium citrus yellow color.
On the medium+ nose grapefruit, light citrus and papaya with hints of fresh cut grass, fennel, honey and light vanilla.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with medium+ acidity and nice freshness. Flavours are a recall of the nose with a beautiful smooth finish. Not the typical ‘screaming SB’ but excellent and smooth.
Soon more about their top Sauternes wines. In 1867, the well-known wine broker Daney ranked it in first place, immediately after Yquem. Albert de Pontac, a great-nephew of Madame de Rayne, named the estate “Rayne Vigneau” in her honour.