Monday, March 31, 2008 - Made by the Chateau Rayas team.
Blanc : grenache (80%), clairette (10%), marsanne (10%)
Very nice color. A little darker than I would have thought.
Great nose with ripe white fruits. Peach/Pear syrup and star fruit. Velvety, med acidity, good mid palate with again nice white fruits flavor rounded by spicy oak. At times it reminded me also of some Cognac flavors (without the alcohol of course). Nice and long finish. Overall a great Cotes du Rhone with good complexity and good balance (maybe a touch of heat on the finish).
Took 3 days to truly open up.
Drink or hold 4-5 years.