Château Rayas

Chateau de Fonsalette Réservé Côtes du Rhône Syrah

9.115 ratings
9.28 pro ratings
Côtes du Rhône, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Top Notes For
Alex Powell

This was the star of the night, super intense, wafting nose of the sweetest, spiciest dark fruits, a touch of animal and wet woods floor, and marinated olives. No noticeable wood breaching its sanctity, i wish i had all night to sit with this... Palate was so pristine and spherical, not real concentrated but perfectly ready and bursting with flavor. A decadent, mystical and masterful wine, that stole it from some big burgs, barolos and bordeauxs. Rayas you are awesome....1996 vintage.

This was the star of the night, super intense, wafting nose of the sweetest, spiciest dark fruits, a touch of animal and wet woods floor, and marinated olives. No noticeable wood breaching its sanctity, i wish i had all night to sit with this... Palate was so pristine and spherical, not real concentrated but perfectly ready and bursting with flavor. A decadent, mystical and masterful wine, that stole it from some big burgs, barolos and bordeauxs. Rayas you are awesome....1996 vintage.

Mar 15th, 2015
Col McBryde

Winemaker Some Young Punks Wines

8.3

96. Looked a little sinewy/green. Fruit falling and a touch vacant through the mid. Questionable bottle.

96. Looked a little sinewy/green. Fruit falling and a touch vacant through the mid. Questionable bottle.

Jan 18th, 2015
Jordan Mackay

Wine Editor San Francisco Magazine

9.6

1996 vintage going strong. Ethereal perfume, silky texture, mild and slippery tannins. Just a lovely wine, as good as a Cotes du Rhone can be!

1996 vintage going strong. Ethereal perfume, silky texture, mild and slippery tannins. Just a lovely wine, as good as a Cotes du Rhone can be!

Nov 1st, 2014
Jay Latham

Sales & Marketing AI Selections

9.5

Last lunch wine of the trip. Fantastic bottle. Daniel drank the sediment (which is a huge compliment). A really great trip all around. Thanks to the whole team.

Last lunch wine of the trip. Fantastic bottle. Daniel drank the sediment (which is a huge compliment). A really great trip all around. Thanks to the whole team.

Mar 2nd, 2014
Noah Raizman

Muted black and red cherry. A bit of fading, cedary wood spice. Overall unimpressive.

Muted black and red cherry. A bit of fading, cedary wood spice. Overall unimpressive.

Aug 28th, 2018
Alex Fishman

1996 - drinking on day 2. Big juicy black olives

1996 - drinking on day 2. Big juicy black olives

Jul 13th, 2014
Yianni Stoner

Yianni had this 2 years ago

Yianni had this 2 years ago

Nov 23rd, 2017
gregory castells

President Martine's Wines

9.4

gregory had this 3 years ago

gregory had this 3 years ago

Aug 16th, 2016
Austin Black

Austin had this 5 years ago

Austin had this 5 years ago

Mar 3rd, 2014
David McQueary

David had this a year ago

David had this a year ago

Jan 3rd, 2018