The 1996 Rayas, vinified by Jacques Reynaud but bottled by his nephew Emmanuel, exemplifies the primacy of terroir and producer over vintage. The wine bursts from the glass with a lovely bouquet of sweet kirsch, prune, balsam bough, saddle leather and autumn leaves. On the palate the wine is a broad, sappy and nicely balanced middle-weight, which makes a mockery of its critical reception. One moment the wine seems to decline in the glass; the next, it opens up again with a blaze of fruit to enjoy a second wind. Wine is a moving target, and this bottle was a great nemesis to the hubris of forgetting that.
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.
Another great dinner in Zurich with CVA, Benoit and Andrew, this one at Heugumper. This was a very generous contribution from CVA.This was a Grenache themed dinner - drank alongside 06 God Only Knows Cayuse, 2011 Orrin Swift D66, 2011 Favia Lincoln,93 L'Ermita
Color is medium garnet, some browning at the edges. Moving past its prime, well into a tertiary phase and on the decline - at least this bottle. Not quite oxidized, but not what you expect. The usual bright red fruit profile of Rayas has faded. Its there but behind a more plum/prune profile
Rayas being one of my all time favorite wines (not just CdP) I was looking forward to this bottle...not rating, hoping it was just a bad bottle...
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