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1990 Rayas - Chateauneuf du Pape (Reserve)

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 100 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 98 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47237-1990-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A polished, rich and ripe red, this Rayas is just sensational, offering chocolate and spice and a minerally wet earth character. Tempting now, but worth cellaring. Even better than when reviewed upon release.--Chateau Rayas vertical. 2,000 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    As for the 1990, I have had the good fortune to drink nearly three cases, and it has been one of the triumphs of my cellar. A mere 1-2 years ago, I enjoyed a succession of perfect |100 point| bottles, but the last several bottles have merited 96-100 points, perhaps revealing the direction of this wine's evolution. Nevertheless, this is riveting stuff. A legendary Rayas made from extremely ripe Grenache, it exhibits notes of over-ripe kirsch, raspberries, cherries, game, licorice, and tobacco. This unctuously-textured, thick, juicy Chateauneuf must tip the scale at 15.5% alcohol. It is truly a Rhone Valley monument. Owners, however, should consume it over the next 8-10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2013
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Mature ruby with a pale rim. Sweet and rich and vibrant. Heady and medicinal in a thoroughly good way. Great freshness. Jewels and spice. Bravo! Still lots of life!
    Drink Dates: 2005-2019
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Purple in color. Low rim variation. Raspberry, Black currant (cassis). Full bodied. Fleshy texture. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2018
    Author: Kirk B163
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Beaucastel,Clos des Papes

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 394 bottles owned
  • 73 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 73 collectors)