Red

2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Grenache

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 104

  • BenBlu Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 13, 2021 - Uncorked in the morning for dinner the same day. Immediately so much pleasure jumping out of the glass. Richness with sufficient restraint. A noticeable sweetness and steminess melting marvellously. Such svelte tannins too. A hedonistic experience. Rayas is a special wine.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • NickNYC Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 23, 2021 - bottled opened 36 hours prior to tasting. tasted side by side with Rayas 98. Intense nose, subtle traditional Reynaud strawberry notes, spices and animal notes. the palate is velvety and very energetic. great wine that will get better I think.
    In comparison, the 98 was more delicate but definitely in the same lineage.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 96 points

    September 15, 2021 - WOW... WOW... this was fantastic... looked and tasted like it was 30-40 years old, massive bricking going on, the elegant yet deep palate was a kaleidoscope of savory and sweet fruit flavors... drank with my friend Sedge who turned me on to Rayas and CdP 20 years ago, and we both were stunned... I bought this for $200... it now goes for $1,300 so I'm sad I didn't load up... just one more in the cellar

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • overkloud Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 9, 2021 - An exceptional bottle. Opened up with classic strawberry and cherry notes and it kept evolving with tea and spice notes in the bottle throughout the 5-hour tasting in the night. As always with great Rayas, extraordinary balance and delicacy.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • joshabramson Likes this wine: 98 points

    August 4, 2021 - Such a wonderful young Rayas. Lots of ripe red fruit, silky smooth with bright acidity. Compared to the 07', I certainly prefer the 06' right now -- it's a lighter wine, with more crunchy fruit as a result of the higher acid, and I think its a more balanced wine as a result.

    Ordered this off the wine list at Auberge de la Mole outside St Tropez for 450 Euro, less than half what it's currently trading for at retail in the US. Always fun to find this on a wine list priced at pre covid levels.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Matt Walls
    Top 10 Wines of 2019, 12/3/2019 (link)

    (Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Australia and the Pacific Northwest, Issue #8, 6/25/2011 (link)

    (Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/17/2009 (link)

    (Ch Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142 (link)

    (Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2008, IWC Issue #136 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Rayas
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 42 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,326 (73%)
  • Consumed 442 (24%)

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