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1998 Rayas - Chateauneuf du Pape (Reserve) Rhone Blend - France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape - Red

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
93
WA 94
WS 94
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2005-2012 WA: 2003-2017 WS: 2001-2015
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IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 94

Medium red. Deep, smoky aromas of strawberry, roasted plum, raspberry and roasted meat. Big, sweet and peppery in the middle palate, but not yet expansive. Larger-scaled and more roasted than the Pignan but today it not showing the sheer concentration or sappy, primary red berry sweetness of the great Rayas vintages of recent decades. Still, this opens out very nicely on the long finish, which features dusty, fine tannins.

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WA 94
Source Wine Advocate
Drink Dates 2003-2017

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.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2001-2015

Deceptive because this isn't a showy wine?the aromas are soily, minerally, and shy?but there is amazingly intense ripe and lovely fruit here. Full-bodied, the ripeness of its black and red fruit coats and seduces the palate. A symphony of flavors that plays harmoniously.

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Author NCL
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.231%
Drink Dates 2005-2017
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Author MWynholds
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/18/2010
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Author Forest HK
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Tasted On 04/11/2009

keep evolving in the glass throughout the nigt with hints of peper, red fruits, herbs, and sweet. medium finishing

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Burgundian, as an adjective, can become quite tiresome to hear or even write about, but was apropos as ever for Emmanuel's 2nd vintage. Certainly not a blockbuster, but improved admirably in the glass, sporting feminine flavors of kirsch, clove, rose petals and sweet, silky red cherries that were underscored by the slightest tinge of bramble. Seduces like a sultry pinot and wines you over just a bit more w/ each subsequent sip. Very pretty indeed

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 12/01/2005
Drink Dates 2005-2008

Translucent red with some brown tinting which turns completely clear at the rim. Thick just barely pigmented legs. A mature bouquet (cleaner than past 98 Rayas I have tasted) of earth, raspberry, sweet asparagus, black pepper and cedar. Mouthfilling but the wine finishes very quickly. Fine acidity and light tannin. Almost Burgundian in style ? elegant and lilting. While very enjoyable, there is no denying that this wine should be better in the 1998 vintage. It lacks stuffing. 100% Grenache which was fermented completely on it stems before being aged in various sized old oak containers. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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