Château Rayne Vigneau

2005 Château Rayne Vigneau Sauternes

$99.97

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Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points 
While this wine is not powerful, it has elegance to go with the ripe fruit, fresh honey, lemon flavors and a core of dense dryness. With this vintage, Rayne Vigneau seems to be back where its vineyard, next to Yquem, suggests it should be. (6/2008)

Wine Spectator: 92 Points 
right aromas of lemon, spice and honey follow through to a full body, with loads of dried apricot, honey and nutmeg. Very sweet and very lively. An intense wine. The best from this estate in a long time. Best after 2012. (3/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 91 Points 
The 2005 Rayne-Vigneau displays superb levels of botrytis on the complex bouquet – dried honey, dried quince, apricot blossom and minerals. The palate is very well-balanced with a little more race than the 2004. It is not a powerful or ambitious Sauternes, but it is well behaved with an almost understated, pure, mellifluous finish. This is very seductive, though it should reward cellaring for several years. Drink now-2028. Tasted April 2013. (6/2013)