Chateau de Rayne Vigneau Sauternes Premier Kosher 750ML 2014 Kosher 
Wine Advocate 94 points  Wine Enthusiast 97 points  Vinous 94 points  James Suckling 90 points  (4)

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Chateau de Rayne Vigneau Sauternes Premier Kosher
  • Chateau de Rayne Vigneau Sauternes Premier Kosher 2014
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Sauternes
Grape Varietal: Muscadelle,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon
Type: Still wine, Kosher
ABV: 13.50%


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Rayne Vigneau’s vineyard lies on a splendid gravel mound, overlooking Sauternes near the village of Bommes and forming the third highest point in the area after Yquem. Back in the 17th century, “Vigneau de Bommes” was the original name for the vineyard, the chateau, the surrounding estate and, finally, the de Vigneau family, who were the first lords of the manor. Gabriel de Vigneau is indeed mentioned in documents as early as 1635. His son, Étienne, married Jeanne Sauvage, daughter of the Lord of Yquem, and supervised the estate starting 1681. Madame de Rayne, nee Catherine de Pontac, bought the Domaine du Vigneau in 1834. The official 1855 classification recognised Vigneau among the top wines of Sauternes. In 1867, the well-known wine broker Daney ranked it in first place, immediately after Yquem. Albert de Pontac, a great-nephew of Madame de Rayne, named the estate “Rayne Vigneau” in her honour. The successive owners of this respected estate have made considerable financial investments and have made tremendous effort to improve the quality of the wine. Today, the chateau is a true benchmark of the Sauternes appellation. In 2004, CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Credit Agricole, acquired the Chateau de Rayne Vigneau. An improvement plan was put together for the entire estate. It is supervised today by Anne Le Naour, the Technical Director, and Vincent Labergere, the Estate Director and the consultant oenologist, Denis Dubourdieu.

Wine Advocate 94 points - 94-96 - The Chateau Rayne-Vigneau 2014 could be one of the standouts of the vintage. It was showing a little new oak on the nose, though readers should note that this sample was taken from a new Burgundy barrel. There are touches of vanilla infusing the honeyed fruit. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry. This is very balanced and poised with superb tension, energetic but classy, a sophisticated Sauternes that feels persistent and long in the mouth. Talented winemaker Anne Le Naour has crafted another beauty from this estate that deserves more respect.  (Apr 2015)

Wine Enthusiast 97 points - With its apricot and bitter orange flavors, this wine has great concentration, botrytis character and richness. Acidity lends balance to all its beautiful honey notes and intensity. Drink from 2023.  (Mar 2018)

James Suckling 90 points - The 2014 Rayne-Vigneau has a complex bouquet with scents of dried honey, quince, candlewax and desiccated orange peel. This really whisks you down to Sauternes. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, harmonious and focused with an intense, stem ginger and lemongrass tinged finish that lingers in the mouth, whilst maintaining the freshness and tension to urge you back for another sip. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
This smells and tastes very much like caramelized grapefruit; it’s rich but also bright and has a clean finish. Pretty spice character on the finish. Drink or hold. (Feb 2017)