2003 Rayas - Chateauneuf du Pape (Reserve) 750ml

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2003 Rayas - Chateauneuf du Pape (Reserve)
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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2003 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape has gone from strength to strength and now looks to be the finest vintage since the monumental 1995. Deep ruby to the rim with that classic Rayas nose of flowers, kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, crushed rocks, and minerals, the wine is dense and concentrated, with a broad, savory mouthfeel, sweet yet silky tannin, fabulous persistence, and a blockbuster finish that just goes on and on. This is a reassuringly profound Rayas that seems to suggest that Emmanuel Reynaud has finally figured out this cold-climate terroir in a warm climate appellation. This wine should be given 3-4 years of bottle age, and drunk over the following 20+ years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 163

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Wine Spectator | 93

Lovely perfume, with tightly woven red and black cherry, graphite, incense, mineral and sous bois notes that stay fresh and focused thanks to finely imbedded acidity. Stylish finish. 1,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2025
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/03/2014
Would that I had more of this although it is starting to fade. Dissipates quickly in the glass but still sound fruit for a while.
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Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/07/2014
Did not show well. Closed and a little VA.
More Vintages and Sizes of Rayas - Chateauneuf du Pape (Reserve):

2007 (750ml)
1985 (750ml)

About This Producer


This legendary cellar grew to its fame through the efforts of the late Jacques Reynaud and is now run by his nephew, Emmanuel. The reds are mainly Grenache and reveal a solid concentration that reacts to aging by extracting layer upon layer of subtle texture and complexity. Most people tend to rave about the Rayas, but in our estimation, the Pignan (which is made up of the cuvees that didn't make the Rayas cut) is a terrific second wine that is such an extraordinary value that it should be purchased in case quantities. Often this unassuming wine can eclipse many a top Chateauneuf.

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See other similar producers: Chateau Beaucastel, Clos des Papes

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