The WineChateau Rayas, Southern Rhone, France 2007
Château Rayas is a leading producer in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation of the Rhône Valley. It is one of the region's most prestigious estates, and its wines fetch some of the highest prices in southern France.
Much about Rayas is unusual. Firstly, the estate's red wine is made solely from Grenache, unlike most Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines that typically contain Syrah, Mourvèdre and a range of other varieties. Secondly, the 13 hectares (32 acres) of vineyards face north, and do not have any galets roulés, the rounded stones so closely associated with the appellation. Thirdly, the estate's wines are matured in rare double-piéce 450-liter barrels.
Tasting Notes: Rich Plums, Red Cherries, and Sweet Strawberry
- producer: Chateau Rayas
- varietal: Grenache
- country: France
- vintage: 2007
- region: Southern Rhone
- size: 750ml
The CollectorJacques CattierManaged inventory client since 2020.
“I was introduced to the magic of Rayas when I tried the 1990 vintage at Restaurant Troquet in Boston. It is a wine that uniquely has the ethereal texture and color of Burgundy and the intensity of Chateaneuf. I love putting wines away for my children and this 2007 was bought upon release in Manhattan and set aside for my son Julien for us to share together in the years ahead.”
It is a wine that uniquely has the ethereal texture and color of Burgundy and the intensity of Chateaneuf.