Community Tasting Notes (39) Avg Score: 92.8 points

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nose: Smoky. Spice. Strawberry.

    Taste: Earth funk. Strawberries. Tannic. Long finish with smoke. This tastes like a scotch so over the top. I couldn’t drink a lot of this since it was so thick. High quality.

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  • I drank 1996 Rayas 3-4 times. This time it's so pure, fresh, beautiful sweet on the nose reminds me the 2000.

    Very nice structure and lovely sweet like drinking great Musigny GC. Seems like it's a perfect time to drink this wonderful wine at the moment.

    Aftertaste is very nice and make it becomes WOTN. (drinking with 1986 Mouton.)

    Hope to find some more bottles.

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