Chateau Rayas "Chateau de Fonsalette" Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
(Cotes-du-Rhone, Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 92] [WA 91-93]
Regular price $669.00 Sale price $399.99 Save $269.01
About the winery:
Chateau Rayas, one of the region's most prestigious estates, is also one of the world's most mysterious estates. This small 30-acre estate is owned by the Reynaud family, which dates back to the late 19th century. The estate has always had an image of secrecy and seclusion. Following the death of Jacques Reynaud in 1997, his nephew, Emmanuel took over, and he continues to produce wines that go from strength to strength. Emmanuel Reynaud, who is also the proprietor of the outstanding Vacqueyras estate called Domaine des Tours, has the same eccentric idiosyncrasies as his uncle.
Just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape, near the village of Lagarde-Paréol in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, Château de Fonsalette was purchased by Emmanuel’s grandfather, Louis Reynaud, in 1945. It holds 120 hectares, 12 of which are planted with Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah for reds, and Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Marsanne for whites. The estate also produces wonderful olive oil.
There is a clear through-line in all the wines produced by Emmanuel — a unique weighty, aromatic, complex, and savory signature of all the wines that places them among the most well-regarded, sought-after bottles of the appellation.
Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - Vinous Media:
"Vivid red. Spicy raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by incense, lavender and pungent herbs. Pliant red fruit flavors are deepened by candied licorice and bitter chocolate, with bright acidity adding lift. The tightly focused, energetic, impressively persistent finish leaves tangy mineral and bitter cherry skin notes behind." - Josh Raynolds (Jun 2012)
91-93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The different cuvees that will go into the 2010 Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone, which is dominated by Grenache, but includes considerable Cinsault, suggest the final wine should possess a deep ruby color along with a lovely nose of spring flowers, kirsch, licorice, earth, pepper and spice. Full-bodied with supple tannins, this charming 2010 should drink well for 20 years." – Robert Parker (Oct 2011)