2016 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Wine Tasting Note


2016 Château de Rayne-Vigneau  (Sauternes) 92

White peaches, flowers, vanilla, apricot, pineapple and honey tones pop as soon as the cork leaves the glass. Sweet, but with ample to provide lift, allowing you to enjoy the array of tropical fruits, vanilla and honey in the finish.

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Rayne Vigneau Chateau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Rayne Vigneau, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Rayne Vigneau can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Rayne Vigneau is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it's between 12-30 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!

That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Rayne-Vigneau and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Rayne Vigneau with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Rayne Vigneau is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau Rayne Vigneau can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Rayne Vigneau can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Rayne Vigneau.

Chateau Rayne Vigneau is one of a handful of moderately priced, Sauternes producers that understand the need to create new markets. To help promote their brand, they recently began selling their wine in individual, 100 ml test tube packages.

The estate has also been focusing on the quality of their wine. Starting with the 2005 vintage, the wines at Rayne Vigneau have become much more interesting to lovers of Sauternes. The owners have started to turn everything around for the better.