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2003 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
94
WS 93
WA 95
Drink Dates
WA: 2009-2029 WS: 2006-2025
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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 163
Drink Dates 2009-2029

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.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2025

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.

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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.13%
Tasted On 06/16/2014

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.372%
Tasted On 02/07/2014

Did not show well. Closed and a little VA.

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