Classified as a 1st growth in 1855, the estate is also renowned for its soil that abounds in agates, amethysts, onyx, and even sapphires. Sauternes produced here are intense and fresh with a long finish on the palate.
Delicate nose of apricot, citrus, marmelade, honey alongside notes of mint and ginger. Rich on the palate yet well balanced by a refreshing acidity.
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- 95 pts Neal Martin, vinous.com