Châteauneuf Du Pape, Southern Rhône

Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clairette Grenache Blanc 2007

First whiff almost medicinal which blew off. I decanted half and kept half in the bottle to compare. Tasted from the bottle first. Aromas of quince, peach,grapefruit and a touch of honey. On the palate - WOW - mouthfilling of profound intensity - honey and toffee notes with a refreshing twist of grapefruit to finish off. A full bodied rich white made up of 50% Grenache Blanc and 50% Clairette. Unctuous yet with vibrant energy and enough acid to stop it being blowsy. Great winemaking. Equally as enjoyable as a mature Grand Cru White Burgundy - My first Rayas Blanc and it was a stunning experience. One of the whites of the year! Then I tried the half that had been decanted and it had a little of that vibrant energy decanted out of it. To compare scores: 98 straight out of the bottle and 96 for the decanted version. — 11 days ago

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@Ceccherini Cristiano Absolutely agree. This was very much a Wow wine for me. Pity it was so expensive but it is Rayas I suppose.
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It used to be terribly cheaper😢
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Beautiful producer.

Clos Saint Jean

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2011

This is quite the sultry, voluptuous red. I was a little dismayed to see 16% on the label, but it was actually pretty balanced. Nose has warm sandstone, baking spice, and sweet oozing dark red berries. Full (obviously) in the mouth, with peppery berry fruit and stony minerality in the finish. Went really well with mesquite-grilled porterhouses. — 13 days ago

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Château de Beaucastel

Hommage à Jacques Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2010

Really nice southern Rhône strawberry rhubarb subtle spice -wood spice so together very balanced super complex — 5 days ago

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Clos Saint Michel

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2013

Ken Z

Drank 12/9/19. Nice with porchetta spiced pork chops

Nose of red currants and underbrush. Similar palate. Well balanced, but slightly muted. Medium to firm tannins. Long finish. I was expecting a bit more from a CDP, but nice nonetheless.

3/21/7/4/4 +50 =89 pts.
— 3 days ago

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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

La Crau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Earlier this year when I was first getting acquainted with the 2016 vintage from the Southern Rhône, I made the comment that it reminded me of the 2010 vintage. I’m now more convinced than ever that it is one of the most classical vintages of the last twenty years and will drink well for decades...and 2017 might be nipping at it’s heals. Anyway, let’s talk a little bit about this wine. I’ve never been a huge Vieux Telegraph guy, despite the near universal adoration it received from others. Maybe it’s because it’s such an archetypal wine of the region and therefor sort of bores me. But on its own, in 2016, without other CdP’s on the table, this was really very good and worthy of its merits. Lucious bramble fruit and minerals with black pepper and a lovely lavender/garrigue mix. The tannins are firm but fine, like other 2016’s. And there’s good acid too. Very well balanced. — 14 days ago

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Château La Nerthe

Blanc Clos de Beauvenir Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001

Explosion of rehire floral notes and ripe tropical fruit! White Rhône’s are not my thing usually, but this was well put together and a real pleasure. — 8 days ago

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Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 1985

Tasted blind. Reddish tawny color. Edges suggest its old. Notes of strawberry, raspberry, iron, roses. Some zing and power in the nose. Slaps your face when tasted. Sappy. Powerful impact. Long finish. Other guesses were in Burgundy land eg Griotte but I went with 90 Rayas. Bingo. — 4 days ago

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Château La Nerthe

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 1982

Birthday vintage Rhône! First time and hopefully not the last. Tannins still present and the flavors have started to take on notes of pot poured, lightly smoked meat, cooking spices. All showing through in a balanced fashion. — 8 days ago

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Château Mont-Redon

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2012

Starts with a spicy nose followed by a sweet one, round, fruity mouthfeel, soft but also intense. Long fruity finish. Superb effort! Bravo 👏 — 6 days ago

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Domaine Jerome Gradassi

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Upfront and undecanted, can easily disguise as Sangiovese Italian with assaulting nose and tart cherry astringency. Perfect thanksgiving food marriage. Swirl or better yet decant for softer earthy purple florals and baking spices. — 14 days ago

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