Chateau Rayas Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010 (Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 96+] [WA 94-97]

Chateau Rayas Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
(Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 96+] [WA 94-97]

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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.

Located not far from Courthézon, it is unusual because its vines are north-facing and contain none of the fabled round pebbles (galets roulés). During vinification, each varietal of every vineyard is fermented separately in oak casks, with assemblage taking place in enamel-lined tanks before bottling.

Ratings & Reviews

96+ Points - Vinous Media:
"Vivid ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, licorice and smoky minerals. Broad and fleshy, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a strong note of floral pastilles. Chewy tannins give grip to a powerful, alluringly sweet, endless finish. Shows as much density as I can recall from a young Rayas and is clearly built for the long haul." - Josh Raynolds (Jan 2013)

94-97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The three component parts of the 2010 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape show it to be a deeply colored vintage with terrific fruit intensity of licorice, raspberries and sweet, jammy cherries. Medium to full-bodied and ripe with 15+% natural alcohol and sweet, soft tannins, this ethereal 2010 is reminiscent of the 2005 although the tannins in the 2010 are more silky." – Robert Parker (Oct 2011)