This is indeed a beauty. The more 2004s I open the more I like the vintage for its cool, elegant expression of the fruit. No exception here, this shows the cool side of Grenache with marks of red garden fruit and soil components. More Grenache driven in this vintage, this could be Rayas or Pignan. Enjoyable now but will definitely last.
Decanted for a good half hour. Some decanting is advisable. Quite a soft wine, nice red fruits, light spice, light smokey meat edge. A very elegant wine, very balanced and beautifully made. Good have used some more depth on the palate for sure but drinks beautifully now and so long as it's not sold to one as a rayas price tag it will definitely put a smile on ones face. 92 and drinks very nicely now.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - March '16 edition (Gil's): Holy crap. This is one of the best bottles of Fonsalette (non-Syrah) I've ever tried. The Rayas signature is unmistakeable here - a pale red colour, an intense perfume of white pepper, flowers, and fresh raspberry and cherry fruit, and a remarkable balance between intensity and finesse on the palate. Bright acids keep it very lively and fresh, and this is really stunning. Served blind, I was wondering if this might be Pignan or even Rayas CdP itself - yeah, that good.
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