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Château de Rayne-Vigneau.

 


The oldest information about the estates seems to originate from the late 17th Century, when it was owned by Etienne du Vigneau. Baron de Reyne the owner during the late 18th Century changes the name to Chateau Rayne-Vigneau. When Baron de Reyne past away his widow continued to manage the castle very successfully, so successfully that Chateau Rayne-Vigneau was ranked in Premier Crus during 1855 classification. She also succeeds to get 1861 vintage, ranked highest in Sauternes even overcome Yquem.

1920, Vicomte de Roton owned the castle and when he past away his son Vicomte Francois become the new owner of the estate. This was the beginning of a very difficult time, and 1961 he was force to sell the castle to Georges Raoux. But Georges did not succeed either, and 1971 he sold the estate to the company Mestrazet. During this time the castle was in very poor condition, but Mestrazet invest a lot of money and improved the quality of the vine a lot, but still it is not in the level of the best in Premier Crus.

The Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau vineyard has an excellent location, with Yquem and the river Ciron, on one side, and Sigalas-Rabaud and Rabadud-Promis on the other side. The soils are a mixture of sand and clay, and is planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon. The vine is fermented in both stainless steel and oak, and then ageing in barrels up to tow years.  

 

Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau first vine sells under the same name as the castle, and a second vine with the name Madame de Rayne.

 


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