Château Rayas

La Pialade de Rayas

Côtes du Rhône Grenache Blend 2010

What a wonderful wine. Jumped at this when I saw it on the list at Keens for less than retail (if you can find it). The nose is just so deep - like a ripe forest full of wonderful fruits and earth. Had the tannins and acid to stand up to the steak, would not have guessed it was 14 years old other than the somewhat slightly deep raisin fruit note.

Lots of earth and moss on the finish. Just delicious. What a treat. Have looked to buy Pialade many times and just can’t find it - fun one to have.
— 21 days ago

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Matt Perlman

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Wow what a find!

Château Rayas

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 2007

Delectable Wine

The 1995 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is served blind. I was unsure about the cleanliness of the aromatics here, although they coalesce with time, red berry fruit, singed leather and a light dried blood tincture. There's a touch of nail varnish in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a dash of balsamic, a little disjointed at first, but it gains harmony in the glass with plenty of Morello cherry and wild strawberry toward the finish. Fine, though the 2007 showed better two days earlier. Tasted at Burns & German's dinner to celebrate The Complete Bordeaux Vintage Guide book at Medlar. (Neal Martin, Vinous, December 2023)
— 3 months ago

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Bodega Cuatro Rayas

Rueda Verdejo 2021

Lisa H

Costco. Very good. — 6 months ago

Château Rayas

Réservé Pignan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 2000

The color of the 2000 Pignan is a brilliant pale ruby color and slightly cloudy. Noticeably lighter in complexion than the others in the CdP flight. Yep…it has that scintillating, heady nose that is so unique to Rayas. Pine needles, wild strawberries, cardamom…woof. This bottle had some VA but I didn’t mind. Perhaps not the most exciting Rayas but I’m splitting hairs here. A very nice pairing with cassoulet, Toulouse sausage and duck confit. Drink now and through 2035. Merci Matt! — a month ago

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Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2011

The wine is old and borderline maderized. Unfortunately just got a case of this. — 3 months ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Perhaps wrong bottle?

Domaine de Cebene

Ex Arena Brigitte Chevalier Grenache Blend 2021

Really great value in a straightforward, honest, balanced Grenache. It’s grown within the Faugeres appellation but can’t claim the AOC apparently because it’s from deep sandy soils and not schist. No matter! Rayas grows Grenache in sand so there’s great precedent! Nose shows sappy kirsch-y fruit, lots of savory, mineral notes, and a touch of vanilla and spice. Soft and light-footed in the mouth. Quite dry, savory, and saline. Very soft tannin. Alcohol is relatively low at a stated 13.5. Drinking well now, it will certainly last a year or two longer, though I don’t think it will improve. I love wines like this. So food flexible. — 6 months ago

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Nice picture!

Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2011

And then there was a glorious one. 1 over the hill, two Ok and this one singing. My all time favorite wine in an ok year. — 2 months ago

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Chateau de Fonsalette

Réservé Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2011

Great lunch. Highly perfumed fonsalette and even more so rayas against a very young and quite flabby Pegau. Elegance against power, feminin against masculin. — 2 months ago

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Bodega Cuatro Rayas

Vendimia Nocurna Rueda Verdejo 2021

Good inexpensive Spanish white wine — 7 months ago