Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend

9.475 ratings
9.531 pro ratings
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Grenache Blend
Top Notes For
Gobindjit S. Dhaliwal

Elegant and extremely perfumed, a nice juicy red fruit core featuring ripe cherries, raspberries, and strawberries, followed by dried lavender, meaty beef jus, orange peel, undergrowth, sweet tobacco, charcoal, and intense black pepper. Delicious sweet red fruit flavors on entry with some dried apricots that lead to a umami rich midpalate filled with meaty notes, iron, and a slightly saline minerality that intermingles with intense peppery notes that linger for some time. Incredible silky mouth feel on this midbodied red, very light in structure but intense in flavors.

Elegant and extremely perfumed, a nice juicy red fruit core featuring ripe cherries, raspberries, and strawberries, followed by dried lavender, meaty beef jus, orange peel, undergrowth, sweet tobacco, charcoal, and intense black pepper. Delicious sweet red fruit flavors on entry with some dried apricots that lead to a umami rich midpalate filled with meaty notes, iron, and a slightly saline minerality that intermingles with intense peppery notes that linger for some time. Incredible silky mouth feel on this midbodied red, very light in structure but intense in flavors.

Jun 13th, 2018
Dan Fredman

Chef Sommelier World of Pinot Noir

9.6

The 2004 Rayas forces you to work for it but offers a great reward. Meaty with a touch of funk under a berry dominated fruit profile, ultimately a very complex, compelling, and satisfying wine that benefits with a little time in the glass. #wopn2015

The 2004 Rayas forces you to work for it but offers a great reward. Meaty with a touch of funk under a berry dominated fruit profile, ultimately a very complex, compelling, and satisfying wine that benefits with a little time in the glass. #wopn2015

2 people found it helpfulMar 9th, 2015
Yianni Stoner

A lean Grenache. Roasted meats and spices yet light red fruits.

A lean Grenache. Roasted meats and spices yet light red fruits.

Feb 21st, 2017
Dylan York

2004 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve - elegant and youthful red fruits and tea. Showing well now but will age gracefully for another decade.

2004 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve - elegant and youthful red fruits and tea. Showing well now but will age gracefully for another decade.

Mar 30th, 2016
Gil Bauer

Needs time. Even with a 5 hour decant. Excellent but will get better.

Needs time. Even with a 5 hour decant. Excellent but will get better.

Mar 13th, 2016
Nick Apone

Smoky and leathery on the nose with stewy fruit cake. Lush raspberry and blackberry coat the palate along with fennel. Polished, creamy tannins and a hint of graphite grace the finish.

Smoky and leathery on the nose with stewy fruit cake. Lush raspberry and blackberry coat the palate along with fennel. Polished, creamy tannins and a hint of graphite grace the finish.

Feb 25th, 2016
Chris Tanghe

Yowzers! Marshmallow goodness

Yowzers! Marshmallow goodness

Aug 5th, 2015
Stephen Solaka

2004 Vintage

2004 Vintage

Jun 17th, 2015
Chris Leon

04, on fire

04, on fire

Dec 25th, 2014
Michael Scaffidi

Chef Sommelier Jean Georges

10

2004 so pretty

2004 so pretty

Oct 2nd, 2014