The 2013 Rayne-Vigneau, picked from September 21 until October 30 over four tries, is being blended from 28 lots and sees 40% new oak. It is still showing quite conspicuous oak on the nose, although there is clearly sufficient honeyed fruit to support it. With continued aeration, it reveals attractive but subtle almond and spice scents. The palate is well-balanced with a lively honeyed entry. This is already very cohesive, with fine delineation, and the finish is very composed, with a saltiness lingering on the aftertaste. It is a classic Rayne-Vigneau that should give a lot of pleasure after bottling. (NM)
Bright, pale yellow. Lively lemon, tangerine, mango and papaya aromas are complicated by menthol and smoky botrytis. Sweet, silky and suave, delivering enticing, very pure flavors of peach nectar, guava and honey. This offers plenty of volume and richness without excess weight and finishes with sneaky length. (ID)
Barrel Sample. At this point in time, the wine is unfocussed. It has weight, a complex structure and attractive acidity, but the fruit is in hiding—it is there but not yet expressive. A wine for cellaring.
This is gorgeous from start to finish, with toasted macadamia nut and coconut notes leading off, followed by a range of orchard and tropical fruit flavors, from yellow apple and white peach to mango and papaya. Totally seamless and delightfully unctuous. Best from 2018 through 2033. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JM)
A dense and flavorful white with almond, cooked apple, and apricot pie aromas and flavors. Full body with medium sweetness and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.
Fresh and pure, this wine has lifted dried mango and apricot flavours. Layered and intense, there is wonderful precision and detail in this vintage.
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