2009 1er Cru Classe from Sauternes
The 2009 favourable climatic conditions allowed the production of an outstanding vintage in Sauternes. The 2009 Chateau de Rayne Vigneau is a lovely blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
On the nose, this wine reveals a remarkable strength through delicate apricot, minty and ginger notes. At first, the palate offers a certain suppleness and freshness. It then opens up on a considerable richness while developing a good balance.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Consistent notes to the bottle tasted at Southwold several weeks earlier. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of spice, peach skin, mandarin and a slight marine-like accent that was noticeable on the 2008. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous entry. It has a candied purity with good acidity, although there is still some oak to be resolved on the finish. Give this beauty another two or three years to show what it can really do. Drink 2016-2030. Tasted April 2013.