2005 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve


  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Community Tasting Note

  • mye wrote:

    April 19, 2020 - Friday Night Wines: Initially nose was sweet rich red fruit, herbs for days (oregano, thyme especially). Palate showed red and blue fruit, with sweet oak. After gaining more air, the fruit seems more mellowed, the wine picks up length, and expands on its already seemingly endless complexity. Incredible bottle, but definitely too young. The oak is unbalanced at this point but this should be magic once that resolves.



  • winemaker commented:

    4/19/20, 5:59 PM - The oak note is interesting because this wine is aged only in large neutral oak foudres. You may be picking up some of the garrigue that is generally infused in these wines.

  • mye commented:

    4/19/20, 6:51 PM - winemaker - interesting! i didn't know about the oak treatment..

    However, i consider Garrigue more vegetation / herb (bushy/fragrant plant).. so more of a green/herbal note? not oak on the palate?
    not sure tho!

  • winemaker commented:

    4/20/20, 7:18 PM - Also it is not uncommon for CdP to have a sort of balsam/sandalwood note to it despite no new oak. Personally, I really like the sandalwood note.

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