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Chateau De Rayne-Vigneau Le Sec De Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux Semillion-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2016
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Lovely greenish color with e2 grey silver tint. Intense nose of ble2ckcurre2nt buds, white pee2ches e2nd e2grumes. Fresh in the mouth with e2 pe2le2te of soft gre2pefruit fle2vors intertwined with flint notes e2nd e2n exquisite e2cidulous finish.
17th centuryDate of creation of the estateRayne Vigneau's vineyard lies on a splendid gravel mound, overlooking Sauternes near the village of Bommes and forming the third highest point in the area after Yquem. Back in the 17th century, "Vigneau de Bommes" was the original name for the vineyard, the che2teau, the surrounding estate and, finally, the de Vigneau family, who were the first lords of the manor. Gabriel de Vigneau is indeed mentioned in documents as early as 1635. His son, c9tienne, married Jeanne Sauvage, daughter of the Lord of Yquem, and supervised the estate starting 1681. Madame de Rayne, ne9e Catherine de Pontac, bought the Domaine du Vigneau in 1834.The official 1855 classification recognised Vigneau among the top wines of Sauternes. In 1867, the well-known wine broker Daney ranked it in first place, immediately after Yquem. Albert de Pontac, a great-nephew of Madame de Rayne, named the estate "Rayne Vigneau" in her honour.In 1961 the estate was divided. The vineyard and the vineyard facilities were sold. The castle, the outbuildings and the park remained in the family. The successive owners of the vineyard have made considerable financial investments and tremendous work for the quality of the wine. Between 2004 and 2015, Che2teau de Rayne Vigneau belonged to CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Cre9dit Agricole Group, which set up an improvement plan for the entire vineyard.Now the Che2teau de Rayne Vigneau, acquired by the Tre9sor du Patrimoine group, is managed by Vincent Labergere, the Director, and the consultant oenologist, Henri Boyer. Rayne Vigneau, a solid value of the appellation, claims, vintage after vintage, a style full of intensity, length and freshness.The influence of the Ciron stream, that flows into the River Garonne, plays a key role in the over-ripening of the grapes. It causes morning mists to form in the late summer and early autumn, thereby encouraging the gradual growth of the Botrytis Cinerea fungus. Picking is carried out by hand, in successive selections made on the vines, so that each grape is picked only when it has been perfectly "botrytised". All this care taken in the vineyard is naturally extended to the winery, which includes a sorting table and rigorous selection process, followed by delicate pressing of the grapes. Each batch is fermented in barrels, according to local custom. The wines then continue their maturing process in barrels, of which between 40 and 50% are new each year.
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