Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend

9.51139 ratings
9.5471 pro ratings
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Grenache Blend
Beef, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pasta, Tomato-Based, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Venison
Top Notes For
Diana Eng

Wild strawberries, tart red cherries, raspberries and pomegranates enveloped by fully bloomed red roses and violets. Some iron and red clay, cinnamon and nutmeg, black tea. Med plus acid, med tannin, med plus finish. So expressive.

Wild strawberries, tart red cherries, raspberries and pomegranates enveloped by fully bloomed red roses and violets. Some iron and red clay, cinnamon and nutmeg, black tea. Med plus acid, med tannin, med plus finish. So expressive.

Sep 22nd, 2019
Gilbert Van Hassel

The wine is old. If you have some left drink ASAP . Ruby port color, oxidative nose, drinkable but way past prime.

The wine is old. If you have some left drink ASAP . Ruby port color, oxidative nose, drinkable but way past prime.

Sep 8th, 2019
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.7

Darkly hued still, youthful, very fine but firm tannins, red tea, black olives, very serious and dense

Darkly hued still, youthful, very fine but firm tannins, red tea, black olives, very serious and dense

Jun 5th, 2019
Gilbert Van Hassel

Garigue, highly perfumed, meaty, Smokey, rather a masculin rayas with long peppery burn. Close to perfection. Full of life contrary to the 2008 rayas of yesterday at Guy Savoy. And at 2/3 of the price we paid in Paris. Privilege to drink such a bottle.

Garigue, highly perfumed, meaty, Smokey, rather a masculin rayas with long peppery burn. Close to perfection. Full of life contrary to the 2008 rayas of yesterday at Guy Savoy. And at 2/3 of the price we paid in Paris. Privilege to drink such a bottle.

Apr 21st, 2019
Gilbert Van Hassel

Between 2007 and 2009. Une verite de la palice but with great significance in the wine world. Light year, very feminine wine, very evolved, reduction in nose needs to be drunk now.

Between 2007 and 2009. Une verite de la palice but with great significance in the wine world. Light year, very feminine wine, very evolved, reduction in nose needs to be drunk now.

Apr 20th, 2019
Diana Eng

Violets, fully bloomed roses, slightly meaty, iron, black tea, warm spices (nutmeg, anise), red cherries, strawberry jam, black plums. Medium acid, medium/med plus body, medium plus finish. So perfumed and lifted. Stunning.

Violets, fully bloomed roses, slightly meaty, iron, black tea, warm spices (nutmeg, anise), red cherries, strawberry jam, black plums. Medium acid, medium/med plus body, medium plus finish. So perfumed and lifted. Stunning.

Mar 14th, 2019
Gilbert Van Hassel

A very warm year still strong after 16 years more masculine than the usual rayas. Still deep color a bit orange at the rim showing age. Smokey, kirsh, long long burn (more than a minute).3rd best year in the 2000s after 2005 and the legendary 2007.

A very warm year still strong after 16 years more masculine than the usual rayas. Still deep color a bit orange at the rim showing age. Smokey, kirsh, long long burn (more than a minute).3rd best year in the 2000s after 2005 and the legendary 2007.

Mar 7th, 2019
Gilbert Van Hassel

In between blockbusters 2005 and 2007. This bottle was slightly oxydized and therefore not representative.

In between blockbusters 2005 and 2007. This bottle was slightly oxydized and therefore not representative.

Mar 4th, 2019
Greg Gregory

Give it a hard decent and let the funk blow off. Will rose about 30ish minutes. Then enjoy your hard earned money with a beautiful Grenache. Lovely. Hard to swallow the price but the chest puffing you get to do the next day is almost worth it. 🤣

Give it a hard decent and let the funk blow off. Will rose about 30ish minutes. Then enjoy your hard earned money with a beautiful Grenache. Lovely. Hard to swallow the price but the chest puffing you get to do the next day is almost worth it. 🤣

Nov 28th, 2018
Gilbert Van Hassel

Wedged in between the monumental 2005 and 2007 this wine is more delicate but again a true Rayas. Perfect balance, strong kirsch tones and this endless perfume which comes with a sexy Rayas. Reynaud and Bonneau two opposite wines, both great, for me forget all the rest in red chateauneuf. What a joy and privilege to be allowed to drink this.

Wedged in between the monumental 2005 and 2007 this wine is more delicate but again a true Rayas. Perfect balance, strong kirsch tones and this endless perfume which comes with a sexy Rayas. Reynaud and Bonneau two opposite wines, both great, for me forget all the rest in red chateauneuf. What a joy and privilege to be allowed to drink this.

Sep 28th, 2018