Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau de Rayne Vigneau – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Unlike many, the assemblage was made back in January, so the wine is maybe more relaxed at this stage than those samples made up from the different lots, still apart in the cellar. This is also the first year of the new estate manager Vincent Labergère, taking the place of Patrick Eymery who retires in June, and he seemed keen to make a statement with this his first vintage. Rayne Vigneau has tended towards a lighter style recently, and this 2009 is a resolute return to something richer, with a more concentrated mouth-feel and 160 g/l of residual. But it is also bursting with fresh fruit aromas, from the higher than usual proportion of Sauvignon (28%) and from the absolute purety of the early October botrytis. The result is a densely sweet but highly “tensile” and absolutely pure Rayne Vigneau.
Decanter – 17.5 Points: 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.
Jancis Robinson – 16 Points: A bit mousy and suppressed on the nose. Broad and burnt and a bit hard work on the palate. Drink 2016-2030
Wine Spectator – 92-95 Points: 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.
Wine Advocate – 94-96 Points: 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.
All prices are £ per case, In Bond UK. Wines are currently in barrel and will be bottled and shipped from 2012 after which either in bond storage, in bond delivery or duty paid delivery (including VAT) charges will be invoiced at 2012 rates.