2011 Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)
There is great freshness in this wine, which also has ample weight and complex, rich fruit. It’s powered by acidity, remaining lively and bright, and is likely to age well.
Sweet and rich, but with a racy edge, showing nicely detailed orange zest, fig, apricot and nectarine notes. A firm hint of bitter almond adds length on the finish. Very solid.
There is so much botrytis spice here, with nutmeg and dried-mushroom character. Full body, medium-sweet and loads of character. Searing intensity. Great finish. Perhaps best ever from here. Hard not to drink this, but better in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Rayne-Vigneau has a seductive nose with tropical fruit, vanilla and coconut aromas that seek to entrance from first acquaintance. At the moment, the oak is noticeable but it should assimilate by the time of bottling. The palate is very precise with fine minerality and tension on the entry. It has outstanding focus and linearity before fanning out with a peacock’s tail of quince and marmalade on the long, viscous finish. This is an excellent wine that gets better and better in the glass. Drink 2014-2035.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(3.9 pH; 6.2 g/l total acidity; 145 g/l residual sugar): Bright golden yellow. High-pitched aromas of orange blossom, pineapple and sweet spices offer lovely musky lift. Concentrated and lightly saline, with bright, firm acidity giving a penetrating quality to the pineapple and sweet spice flavors. Shows an enticing suave, fine-grained texture for such an opulent wine, and finishes long and gripping
Extremely lush, with tropical flavors. Fine underlying acidity, but one of the richer stickies for 2011.