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Château Rayas

Rhône wine Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Château Rayas
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2003 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 94 points
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White wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Vallée du Rhône
Name : Châteauneuf du Pape
Type : White wine
Grape variety : Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussane
Structure : Ample, Complex, Consistent, Finesse, Length, Powerful, Satiny, Suave
Families of flavor : Aromatic herbs, Flowers, Fresh fruits, Plantes, Spices, Stones
Conservation :  Aboire jusqu'en 2030
Temperature of service : 10-12°
Mets/Wines agreements : Gratin de langoustes, Saint-Jacques aux cèpes, St-Jacques sur lit de poireaux
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :
Although the 1998 is not among the most compelling wines of the vintage, it continues to put on weight and performs better and better with each tasting. It appears to be the finest effort Emmanuel Reynaud has yet produced.

Château Rayas

Domaine Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape  

Robert Parker’s Review :

"A disclaimer is in order concerning the following tasting notes. While the bottled 2000s were easy to taste, the 2001 barrel tastings at Rayas were challenging because there was no electricity in the cellars. Rayas was one of many estates where electricity had been cut off by the floods of September 8 and 9. Hence, the tasting was conducted by flashlight ... a first in my 25 years of experience.

It was hard to get a grasp of the barrel samples’ colors when viewed by flashlight, but they appeared to be light to medium ruby. However, darkly pigmented wines are rarely produced at this domaine. There have been some deep-colored vintages of Rayas (1995, 1990, and 1989), but most are surprisingly weak in color, yet intense in flavor.

After going through a transitional period after Jacques Reynaud died in 1997, it is safe to say that his nephew, Emmanuel Reynaud, has returned this venerable estate to its previous level of high quality. While Chateauneuf du Pape is a warm appellation, Rayas is situated in a cool micro-climate, and is undoubtedly not an easy property to maintain. It is also known for its sandy soils, which are in total contrast to the rock-strewn plateau a half mile to the east, west, and south. Two utterly profound Rayas Chateauneuf du Papes have been produced recently, the 2005 and 2007. 2007 is a superb vintage at Chateau Rayas."

   Domaine Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 94 points
"Although the 1998 is not among the most compelling wines of the vintage, it continues to put on weight and performs better and better with each tasting. It appears to be the finest effort Emmanuel Reynaud has yet produced." (2003)

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