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The 2020 Château de Rayne-Vigneau showed quite a bit of new oak on the nose when I tasted the sample, although that will be assimilated during barrel maturation. The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening and pure honeyed fruit laced with ginger and marmalade, though it remains "correct" toward the finish when I wanted fireworks! Give this time in bottle. - vinous.com
A very pleasing young Sauternes with attractive dried fruit, such as mangoes and apples with medium body, medium sweetness and a clean finish. Not a lot of botrytis character showing.
Full bottle 1,255 g. Undated cask sample. 70% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Yield 16 hl/ha. Grapes are vinified in new barrels. Once fermentations are over, musts are settled and stabilised and aged in barrel for 18 months.
Deep copper colour. A little brûlée on the nose but quite fragile. Big, bold, round and sweet on the front palate and then lightly burnt note on the finish with a hint of burnt pineapple. Some energy in this but there is also some stickiness rather than botrytis.
The 2020 Rayne-Vigneau is dense, powerful and explosive. There's not a ton of subtlety here, but that's not what Rayne-Vigneau is about. Readers will find a deep, potent wine endowed with quite a bit of depth. Dried pear, chamomile, mint and spice build as this broad, authoritative Sauternes shows off its personality.
Pineapple, vanilla, apricots, roasted nuts, flowers and honey create the attention-seeking perfume. Fresh, sweet, ripe, juicy and fruity with loads of honey-coated lemon creme and apricots in the endnote. 91-93
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Deep, burnished gold in colour. Bright and clean on the attack, this is good quality, with lemon zest flavours and silky in texture overall. A little flat on the finish. A yield of 16hl/ha.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2040