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Information on the vintage at Sauternes : A great vintage. Monumental Sauternes following a long hot summer with some rain just before the harvest to flesh out the heat-concentrated grapes, retaining their high sugar content.
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(6-2013) The cellars at Rayne-Vigneau were broken into during the 1990s, so to have one of the very few remaining bottles from their library stock was a privilege. The 1959 has a limpid golden hue that you could just stare at all day. The bouquet has held up extremely well over 54 years with scents of dried fig, syrup, wild honey and a faint hint of pine needles: all beautifully defined and so fresh and vital. The palate is extremely well-balanced with a noticeable bead of acidity that cuts through the notes of fresh apricot, mango, spice and walnut. There is just a slight Aszu note on the finish that lends it more complexity. This is utterly sublime, and dare I say, challenges the supremacy of the finest Sauternes ‘59s I have tasted, namely Yquem and Suduiraut. This is quite simply sensational.
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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Sauternes
Colour Sweet white wine
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château De Rayne Vigneau
Château De Rayne Vigneau

The Château Rayne Vigneau was create during the 17th century. The Vigneau de Bommes was the first holder. Gabriel de Vigneau indeed appears in writings from 1635. His son Étienne married Jeanne Sauvage, daughter of the Lord of Yquem, and in 1681 took personal ownership of the property. Madame de Rayne, bought the Domaine du Vigneau in 1834.

The ranking of 1855 places Château Rayne Vigneau among the Premiers Crus of Sauternes wines. In 1867, the great broker Daney gave it the first rank immediately after Yquem. It is Albert de Pontac, grand-nephew of Madame de Rayne, who gives his name of "Rayne Vigneau" to the property. Between 2004 and 2015, Château de Rayne Vigneau belonged to CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole Group, which implemented an optimization plan for the entire vineyard. Since 2007, the castle has adopted sustainable agriculture that respects the environment.

Today, the Château de Rayne Vigneau, bought by the Trésor du Patrimoine group, is managed by Vincent Labergère, assisted by the advice of oenologist Henri Boyer. The château embodies a sure bet of the appellation claiming, vintage after vintage, a style full of intensity, length and freshness. The vineyard covers 84 hectares and the vines, 30 years old on average, are divided between Sémillon (74%), Sauvignon Blanc (24%) and Muscadelle (2%). The harvest remains traditional with successive sorting. Harvested by hand, only perfectly “roasted” grapes are picked. The wines are aged for 18 months in oak barrels, 40% to 50% of which are new each year.