2005 Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes
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.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full yellow-gold. Strong nuts and marzipan on the nose. Very sweet, even a bit exotic, on the palate, with rather suave flavors of yellow fruits and nutty oak. Still a bit youthfully wound-up on the back end, but this moderately rich wine has the balance to evolve positively in bottle. 89(+?) points.
Barrel tasting: Cinnamon aromas that follow to the palate. Mid-weight on the palate. Nice. 1/2* (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)