Tuesday, September 23, 2014

from the vineyard into the bottle at Château de Rayne Vigneau

What a beautiful estate. Look at it. Rows and rows of green, pert and manicured. A vision of health and centuries of steady stewardship of the land. 
Rayne Vigneau sits on a plateau, looking onto the Ciron River.
They've found precious stones in the vineyards - agate, onyx, amethyst, and sapphire. How they got there is anyone's guess, but it's clear this place is special.
After a rainy growing season, September suns came, and botrytis is coming along nicely. 'Taste one', Nelly told me. A lesson in concentration - sugar and acidity. 
With the new labels. A new face on a wine that's a direct line from vineyard to bottle, despite that tired cliche. To get it into new glasses, however, cliches have to be replaced with stories. Rayne Vigneau has plenty of stories to tell. Are we able to listen?

Tasting notes:

2011 Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau: The estate's dry wine, 100% sauvignon blanc. Fresh and delicate, but real power on the palate. Mineral and pure, dry extract gives real density and structure.

2008 Madame de Rayne: The second wine. So pure here, fresh - apricots, soft ercolina pears. On the palate, delicious. Texture and roundness with impecable balance and acidity. Some spiciness at the end. O, this is very, very good.

2009 Château de Rayne Vigneau: So much power and presence. Dense fruit, very young. Alcohol apparent. Great texture and raciness on the palate, plenty of extract and spiciness. Botrytis character booming. What a beauty.


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