Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2011 750ml

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SKU: 11282
Variety: Grenache
Vintage: 2011
Size: 750ml

Château Rayas, a paradox in the Southern Rhône, challenges preconceptions associated with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Dismissing the common narratives of Galet stones, historical Papal influences, and multivariable blends, Château Rayas stands as an exception. Established by Albert Reynaud in the 1800s, the estate gained swift acclaim for its unwavering commitment to crafting exceptional wines. Managed by Emmanuel Reynaud today, Château Rayas epitomizes collectability, shrouded in mysticism and known for its longevity.

The estate's flagship, 100% Grenache, thrives in sandy plots, showcasing the magic of Southern Rhône soils. Pignan, effectively the second wine, sources from the Pignan lieu dit, offering a concentrated counterpart. The elusive Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, a collector's gem, stems from Grenache Blanc and Clairette vines. Château Fonsalette, a Côtes-du-Rhône near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, produces age-worthy wines surpassing many Châteauneuf-du-Papes. The Fonsalette Blanc, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Marsanne, adds to the allure.

Château de Tours, nestled in Vacqueyras, presents intriguing blends, including the Reserve with 90% Grenache and a touch of Syrah. The Vin de Pays de Vaucluse demonstrates the region's elegance in Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault blends. The enduring legacy of Château Rayas, a testament to tradition and winemaking artistry, invites enthusiasts to savor not merely a glass but a sip of timeless elegance from this legendary Southern Rhône Valley winery.

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