Coming into the final yards of 2015, with the air getting a little cooler in Hong Kong, Mrs L and I brought a bottle of this to dinner. Since the summer, we've drunk fewer wines than normal, so I was really looking forward to uncorking this one. The bouquet did not disappoint. Richly infused with ripe strawberries, lychees and pepper, this nose could only come from Rayas. Pungent and flavorful on the palate, the fruit was generous without any hint of over-ripeness. A light mineral edge added a touch of complexity. Fresh yet nicely rounded, this wine has yet entered its drinking window. It will drink beautifully over the next 5 years
This was drinking very well tonight. Medium bodied, light purple in color. Very aromatic with classic CDP aromas dominated by raspberries, garrigue, toffee, violets. Sweet yet structured with almost enough acidity to make you think of something from burgundy, but with that wildness you only find in the southern Rhone. A crowd pleaser.
Blind and immediately guessed rayas as the color and nose are dead giveaways. Light garnet color. Nose is amazing sandalwood and Grenache fruit. Shows a good dose of oak and medium toast. Gentle red fruit at the finish. Ahh...
Dee-stinct-tiv! I mean, this is Pignan at its best. The aromatics were a dead give away, and while we served this blind, no question about what it was just with the bouquet alone. Pepper, lots of pepper and spice. The fruit was plum skin, cherry and the beautiful balance of acidity that makes Pignan so good. My notes simply said at the end "a crusher of beauty". Just so good.
Medium red core. Like one other bottle, a transient whiff of surmaturite, but once that passed, kaleidoscopic cherry, raspberry, blood orange and cinnamon spice. Gorgeous, light, elegant feel. All of those juicy fruits complemented by the spice, soil, and a light dusting of green herbs framed by wonderful acidity and little remaining tannin to speak of. Absolutely wonderful and so singular in the universe of Chateauneuf. I'd say drink now and over the next 3-4 years for maximal enjoyment. Based upon this bottle, I am really curious about the Rayas' state of maturity at this point.
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(Pignan Chateaneuf-du-Pape Rouge) This had the ripest nose so far. Rich and full-on cherried with unreal delineation on the palate. Like a laser. So pure and so fresh with so much focus. How could the Rayas Grand Vin be?
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