Incredibly elegant for such a deeply flavored and perfumed wine. The real deal when people say the texture is Rayas like, flavor and taste character has some similarity ￼too. Drink now with slow ox for a few hours, though a decanter probably can speed that up. Not shut down, though oxygen is this wine's friend. — a month ago
Coloring is like jura trousseau, practically translucent. Tart, citrus, still very youthful. — 3 months ago
Chave 2000 Hermitage Blanc showed just as well as the bottle I had earlier this year. I have such an appreciation for Rhône Blanc especially from the greats like Chave and Rayas. This 2000 is really in the zone showing layers of rich unctuous spiced orchard fruit, grilled nuts, brown butter and honeysuckle with superb length and persistence. — a month ago
Was excited to find this on the list at Commander’s Palace. Rayas is out of my price range so it’s nice to get to experience something else with the Reynaud family treatment. Needed about an hour to open up. Bright fruit and garrigue with a good amount of pyrazines — 2 months ago
From the great Henri Bonneau, along with Château Rayas, the master of CDP. (He and Jacques Reynaud were actually dear friends). It’s insanely expressive and its ultra intense aromatics leap from the glass.
The complex bouquet is layered with rich black and red fruit, leather saddle, wilted violets and savory herbs. It just floats on the palate with its supreme elegance, caressing texture and weightless intensity. So Burgundian in that sense. The finish is so long, lifted and intense, leaving you craving another sip when its flavors finally do dissipate. 04 Célestins is a total knockout. — 3 months ago