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Chateau Rayas: a lengendary winemaker!

February 5, 2018

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The more I taste Rayas… The more I understand how unique his terroir is and why it ages so well and delivers it’s full potential after 10-20 years.  This time it became obvious to me how interesting the sandy soils / North exposure / Forest are!!

2016 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Blanc Château de Fonsalette Reserve
Very nice floral nose, honey, yellow apple… Powerful honey taste, citrus, nice tension, very nice! (93 points)

2016 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Réserve
Very nice minerality, green apple… very elegant, honey, yellow apple(94 points)

2016 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve
Pepery nose, sous-bois, mushrooms, cerise du Nord… Tannin present, cerise du Nord. This is argile terroir, and personally I prefer the sandy soils from Rayas (89 points)

2016 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Reserve
Cinsault barrel: nose of red berries, ripe framboise, transparent, hint of salinity, pepery
Grenache barrel: Ripe red cherries, salinity… very fine, saline, groseille, sweet but sappy (94 points)

2016 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Levant (PI): Skeleton, long term, black cherries, peper… tannin present, a bit harsh, cerise du Nord (92+/100).
Coeur (PIII): Very nice nose of sappy cherries, framboise… Very ripe taste, beautiful ripe tannin, nice lenght, tight (95/100)
Couchant (PII): Spicy nose of bacon, red cherries, black peper… fat, silky taste, framboise, cherries, salinity (96/100) (96 points)

2016 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah
Galets/argile (SYI): very spicy, pepery, chocolate, bacon, roasted meat (93/100)
Sable (SYII): deep, cold, humid… Super salinity, groseille rouge… very light tannin, groseille, delicious!! (94/100) (94 points)

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