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 2005 Rayne-Vigneau displays superb levels of botrytis on the complex bouquet - dried honey, dried quince, apricot blossom and minerals. The palate is very well-balanced with a little more race than the 2004. It is not a powerful or ambitious Sauternes, but it is well behaved with an almost understated, pure, mellifluous finish. This is very seductive, though it should reward cellaring for several years. Drink now-2028.- 91 pts Neal Martin, Wine Advocate