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Château Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape 2004

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While 13 varietals are permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Emmanuel uses only one for Rayas' red wines: Grenache. For the whites, he uses Grenache Blanc and Clairette. Grapes come from the three vineyards, are vinified and aged separately in old barrels, then are blended to achieve Emmanuel's vision for the vintage, always adhering to Château Rayas' signature style. With a Pinot Noir-like flavor profile - kirsch, cherry, peat moss - coupled with a peppery Mediterranean flair that is distinctively "Southern France," there is simply nothing like a bottle of Château Rayas.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Château Rayas
  • agv93

VinousMedium red. Stunning floral and red berry aromas emphasize raspberry, strawberry and fresh lavender. Bright, focused and pure, with vibrant red fruit and mineral flavors given an exotic twist by a hint of dried apricot. The sweet finish leaves a strong floral pastille impression. The freshness and precision of this wine are really captivating. -- Josh Raynolds

Antonio Galloni, January 2007
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe deep ruby 2004 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape is a structured wine that seems to have closed down from the component part tasting last year. It is medium-bodied with sweet, ripe black cherry and raspberry notes, some crushed rocks, and that distinctive minerality that Rayas seems to provide. The wine reveals more structure this year, and therefore seems to need 2-4 years of bottle age and should keep for 15-16. Stylistically, it is more than just a coincidence that it resembles the 1994, which has turned out very well and is beginning to drink beautifully in the classic Rayas style.

Robert Parker, February 27, 2007