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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Rayas Emmanuel Reynaud 2003

Black fruitFood-friendly wineICON-WINE




Château Rayas is proud of being different: refined and delicate, while its neighbours are more about distinct woodiness and high alcohol levels. A real legend. More info

Quantity : 1 bottleObservations : 1 Marginally marked label, 1 Marginally damaged labelLevel : 1 NormalRecoverable VAT : noRegion : Rhone ValleyAppellation : Châteauneuf-du-PapeOwner : Emmanuel Reynaud
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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Rayas Emmanuel Reynaud 2003

The wine

A peculiarity of this Châteauneuf du Pape is its blend, which contains an overwhelming proportion of the Grenache grape – about 98%. Favouring low yields (barely 18 hectolitres per hectare), the winemaker seeks to let an exceptional terroir speak for itself: the sandy soil does not contain the famous pudding stones so typical of the appellation (Louis Reynaud is thought to have removed them by hand!). Fermentation takes place in concrete vats, and élevage (20 months) is conducted in old oak barrels. Château Rayas hits the heights of creaminess in great vintage years. Extraordinary aromas of cherry and raspberry characterise this wine, whose refinement and power is unmatched anywhere in the appellation. Also note that a second wine of irreproachable quality – Château Pignan – is produced.

About the Producer Château Rayas

Château Rayas is one of the great names of French wine. Many connoisseurs believe it to be the best in the appellation. The domain was established relatively recently (the vineyards were planted in the early 1920s) by Louis Reynaud who quickly distinguished himself from the typical practices of Châteauneuf du Pape. In this traditionally sun-baked region, one section of the vineyard faces north and the vines here benefit from the refreshing qualities of the pine trees that grow around the property. Louis Reynaud also focused primarily on just one grape variety, Grenache, even though 13 are permitted within the appellation. His son Jacques, who was seen as unconventional, if not eccentric, took over the business and achieved new heights of quality with the wines through traditional techniques. Today, Château Rayas is managed by his nephew Emanuel Reynaud.

Detailed characteristics

Quantity : 1 bottle

Level : 1 NormalObservations : 1 Marginally marked label, 1 Marginally damaged label

Type of cellar : underground, natural cellar

Recoverable VAT : no

Original wooden case / Original case : no

French customs seal : yes

Alcohol percentage : 14 %

Region : Rhone Valley

Appellation : Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Owner : Emmanuel Reynaud

Vintage : 2003

Colour : red

Ageing potential : drink until 2030

Service temperature : 16°

Viticulture : environmentally friendly More information....

Size (in ha) : 8 hectares

Volume : 24000 bottles

Intensity : smooth

Leading aroma : black fruit

Tasting occasion : food-friendly wine

Grape variety : Grenache
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