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2008 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47237-2008

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A lovely, elegant style, with gentle cherry sauce, mulled raspberry and damson plum fruit lined with shiso leaf, rooibos tea, iron and sandalwood notes. A mineral twinge holds the finish, which is sneakily long.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    I tasted four different cuv‚es that will eventually make their way in to the final blend for this wine. That raised on clay heartland has quite a different structure form the others, being much lighter with red fruit flavours, real lift and some spice. That from older vines didn't have much perfume but had a deeper colour and was pretty strict in terms of tannins, as well as being extremely fresh - a bit of a rapier this. A blend from the eastern part of the property on very stony ground was also firmly structured, fine and very chewy - freshness was the key element. I'd guess that the final blend will be a bit lighter and tarter than usual but all of these wines have so much more personality, depth and integrity than most of the 2008 Chƒteauneufs I tasted. Anyone who thinks Rayas has lost its way is surely wrong.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Vivid red. Pure, expressive aromas of red and dark berries, potpourri, licorice and rose. Juicy, spicy and fresh, with sexy raspberry and cherry flavors accentuated by smoky minerality. Intense and light on its feet, finishing very long and aromatic, augmented by firm mineral cut and very impressive clarity.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: March/April 2011
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  • 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

    • 104 bottles owned
    • 13 collectors