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2008 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/27/2015 - alr6767 wrote: NR

Insanely transparent ruby, tiny meniscus. Nose requires some swirling, reveals classic grenache nose of cassis, garrigue, spices. The transparency of this wine, as well as the lightness of the mouth feel, form a seeming paradox with the layers of red fruit, baking spice, herbs, and earth. What amazing balance between the fruit, acidity, and tannin! Just a touch of tannin on the medium long finish, which is spicy and should settle and lengthen with time.

From the list at Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam. Opened and decanted by the staff, slowly poured off over the 3 hour dinner. This wine really out performs the vintage, which I haven't particularly liked so far. Easy to see why some compare Rayas to PC/GC burgundy. Not sure if this will substantially improve, but should hold for some time.

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1989 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/28/2015 - Lord Rayas wrote: 98 points

MNSC - Kevin (The Pawn): Decanted for an hour. At its plateau now. Gorgeously expressive. Liqueur like. Kicking myself for not guessing this right. Thought it was a 90 Celestins such was its power and ripeness.

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2008 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

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6/25/2015 - nc99 Likes this wine: 92 points

The nose was very floral with wild strawberries, cedar wood, caramel and oak. The palate was deep and rich with big dark fruits. The wine was very balanced. Although other tasters think it is accessible now, I think the oak integration would be much better with 5-10 more years. It is potentially a 93-94 point wine with aging. I would wait.

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1996 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/24/2015 - Papies wrote: 95 points

Double decanted and served 2 hours later. Just a touch of fine sediment.
The nose of this wine is at par with a 100 point wine (reminded us of the only Papies 100 the La Mouline 1983) so elegant, light red fruit, earthy complex and long. A recital of a nose. The palate is not at par albeit still very very good but has a few out of sync notes. Pretty healthy and excellent now and seems to have a decent life ahead of it. 95 and such a treat.

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2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

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6/25/2015 - Claret & CdP Gang Likes this wine: 92 points

Color: medium red
Nose: beautiful strawberries, fades a bit in the glass but still beautiful
Palate: full bodied, wow, quite powerful & rich, very elegant, ex domaine bottle, good length
Rating: 92

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1998 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/22/2015 - liber Likes this wine: 95 points

2nd of 6, opened 45 minutes, perfect level and cork, previous note fine plus - pale red, almost rose, viscous; Rayas baked Victoria plum and strawberry nose with trace of peppered vanilla and caramel; surprisingly full bodied and intense, usual telltale Rayas velvet/caramalised fruit, beautiful balance and refreshing acidity with a trace of balsamic vinegar, long and persistent, plateau of a long maturity. I thought Saturday's Pignan 2000 with its sharper fruit worked better with the spicy cottage pie. Very fine (18.5/20) and a much better wine than initially predicted by pundits who were worried by generational change from magic Jacques.

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2006 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Reserve

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6/10/2015 - Ramberg wrote: 89 points

Had this blind, and nailed it.
Nose is very Rayas, with expensive gariggue showing along with the special herbalness often found as a house trade mark.
Green herbs, almost stems, dark red berries and coffee, with some alcohol.
Palate shows deep red and blue fruit, grippy tannins, some heat and herbs with a touch of iron.
Good but not great.
I love Rayas, but this particular wine is not really up in the top layer.
Can take a few more years before peak.
(89 – 90)

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2000 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

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6/20/2015 - liber Likes this wine: 93 points

4th of 12, decanted 30 minutes, perfect fill and cork, previous notes very good or better - lightish bright red with considerable viscosity; nuanced nose, quite meaty, plums, peppery; medium full, very long and persistent, tending to silk but without extra dimension and velvet of Rayas itself, ready but improving. Fine plus (18/20).

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2005 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/20/2015 - Claret & CdP Gang Likes this wine: 96 points

Color: med red
Nose: strawberry fields! heavenly bouquet
Palate: as usual a wow wine! Love the complexity of the 05s, hard to describe in words this profound wine

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2000 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah

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6/20/2015 - Basketpress01 Likes this wine: 87 points

'00 Ch. Fonsalette CdR - earth, old leather and tea. Fruit has gone and backbone weakened but still a lovely drop with BBQ lamb shoulder. 87pt but memorable

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2003 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Oh boy this is delicious! The nose is almost a mature Burgundy except a hint of Rayas cherry liqueur. Sweet decadent red fruit driven nose, sous bois, strawberry, cherry liqueur, a small hint of 2003 roasted fruit, rose water and leather. Medium concentration, warm and round, sweet slightly dry red fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long sweet finish. Great contrast to the 03 Pegau and Clos de Papes, better balance, more mature, less concentrated and less 03ish.

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White

2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Réserve

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3/3/2015 - beatles wrote: 94 points

Rich, creamy, oily with plenty of minerals and garrigue, it's rich (perfect with the cheese) - has some sweetness, and it has kept well, which is not all ways the case with white Rayas. (with PB at La Sereine, Ampuis)

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2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

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6/18/2015 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Light red with mature tawny rim. Whoa-welcome to the flower market! I can't recall a red wine that had more rose petal on the nose, but that's not all-lavender and menthol as well. Unbelievably delicate and light for a 2006 Chateauneuf. Gorgeous raspberry fruit along with the herbal elements, a light core of tar, excellent acidity, and very little in the way of residual tannin. Completely mature and so emblematic of the beauty of the Rayas stable of wines.

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2004 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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3/3/2015 - beatles wrote: 94 points

More or less ready to drink, this really hits the Rayas-spot. The fruit is full and sweet, very Grenache, the texture is creamy and long, and there is quite a bit of local feel here. Like many others from this underrated vintage, this shining right now. With PB at Bistrot de Sereine, Ampuis.

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2001 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/18/2015 - beatles wrote: 92 points

It is a bit of a hit & miss with this wine - to night was a bit in between. PB who brought the bottle was not happy with it, I am bit more positive, it is a tell-tale Rays with it's creaminess and elegance, garrigue, locale and abundance of sweet berries. Very good wine, just did not sing as it sometimes does. (with PB)

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1998 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah

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6/17/2015 - beatles wrote: 90 points

Tasted vis-a-vis the '97, this is more southern in style, richer, more creamy with less obvious syrah-character. It has a core of sweetness and lots of local garrigue and will keep for another five years easily.

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1997 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah

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6/17/2015 - beatles Likes this wine: 90 points

Tasted vis-a-vis the '98 this is certainly leaner and more northern in style, fully mature, this shows all the classic tell-tale notes of olives, bacon and berries - and had we tasted blind, I would probably had gone north. I has kept remarkably well and still have years left. (with PB)

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1996 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah

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6/16/2015 - Tony Molester wrote: flawed

Very different to all other TNs. Nose of capsicum suggests cabernet rather than syrah. Was puzzled the entire meal and canèt say the doubt ever blew away. Tasted like a fake, though I canèt fathom why someone would go to that trouble for this particular wine. Still, unlike any Reynau (or syrah) wine I've ever tasted. Cork had 'Chateay Rayas' stamped on rather than Fonsalette...

14% abv

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1998 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/13/2015 - LFCHALA Likes this wine: 98 points

How to define a wine of this magnitude? One of the best wine I've ever drunk. Terrific.

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1997 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/10/2015 - dream Likes this wine: 94 points

This is perfectly mature and drinking beautifully. Lighter-bodied but very terrior-driven with wonderful notes of kirsch cherries and red spices. The finish is smooth and complex with notes of minerals, sweet red earth and garrigue. Really elegant and delicious.

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2003 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah

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6/9/2015 - Tony Molester wrote: NR

Minimal soaking, cork showed slight past seepage.
Nice, smokey nose. A bit reduced on opening, it sorted itself out and became quite expressive.

Palate was smooth and still quite primary. Mostly blackberry and a large peppery finish. Good length, if a touch of bitterness. Not dissimilar to a northern rhone from Cuilleron and his ilk.

Drink or hold, can go for another decade but uncertain it will improve.
14%abv

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1999 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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6/9/2015 - AJ72 wrote: 95 points

Loved this. All gravel, cinnamon, clove and spice. Holding on but drink up. Tannins like great Burgundy.

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2001 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah

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6/7/2015 - jfmontreal Likes this wine: 90 points

I was hoping for more from that second wine from Rayas. Carafe for 3h and it wasnt enuf.

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2001 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

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5/28/2015 - FamilyLarsson wrote: 96 points

Ännu en gång möter jag denna helt underbara Chateauneuf-du-pape som spelar i en egen division

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2008 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

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6/2/2015 - MPAN Likes this wine: 94 points

Rusty browny red; lots of pepper and green grass; elegant and refined, lean with lots of taste, wild strawberries, lots and lots of pepper - very dominating; lengthy peppery aftertaste; an interesting and unusual wine, probably too much pepper, but likeable, special and interesting

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