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2000 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47237-2000-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($160) Rather pale red (Reynaud says the color will deepen as the wine ages). Smoke and pepper dominate the nose. Thick and sappy; round and seamless. Offers very good depth of flavor but today I don't find the excitement of the vintage's top examples. Best today on the peppery, long finish, which features thoroughly ripe tannins. There weren't a lot of bunches in 2000, says Reynaud, but the grapes were large.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Remarkable. Very light in color, like weathered bricks, but this medium-bodied red has all the sweetness you can wish for from a young wine, with ripe tannins and some plum and cherry confit providing succulent flavors; you won't leave a drop in the glass. Smooth, silky, ripe, balanced, long finish. 1,600 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2015
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2000 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape, which Emmanuel Reynaud believes is better than 1998, came in at a whopping 15.2% alcohol. It is reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of the 1998 and 1999, with a medium to light ruby color, and a sumptuous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, spice box, and licorice. Full-bodied and fleshy, with low acidity, it is a sweet (from high glycerin and alcohol), seductive, intoxicating offering with no hard edges and a rich, fleshy mouthfeel. While it will be hard to resist, I feel the 1998 still has more structure. Anticipated maturity for the 2000: 2005-2016. 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.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2016
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Rayas makes one of my favorite CdPs ? if not red wines in general. Light to medium ruby red color (could easily be mistaken for a Pinot Noir). A big expansive nose of cherry liqueur, milky berries, vanilla, and spice. Lots of spicy gamy fruit leads to quite a long finish. The length of the finish is surprising given that the wine appears unsubstantial. This wine is juicy and already fun to drink - plenty of flavor. Not the most concentrated Rayas ? reminds me of a '96 on steroids but is undoubtedly hedonism in the bottle. Tannins and acidity are well balanced and not prominent due to the wine?s evident fruit. While it drinks well now, time will only improve this wine.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2020
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Ruby in color. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Gooseberry, Red Currant, Prune, Dill, Rose. Medium/Full bodied. Coarse texture. Leathery texture. Long finish. A lot of flowers and fruits in it. Really tasty. Very fine indeed.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: hirok
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 207 bottles owned
  • 48 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 48 collectors)