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2009 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
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About Chateau Rayas

Historically cited as the exception that proves that a 100%-Grenache wine can be capable of long aging, Rayas has for decades been treasured for its unique combination of almost Burgundian red-berry perfume and extraordinary liqueur-like ripeness and mouth-filling richness. Founded in 1880 by Albert Reynaud, Chateau Rayas is now maintained by Albert’s great-grandson, Emmanuel.

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2009 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Producer: Chateau Rayas
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: other white varietal
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Chateauneuf du Pape

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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

Pale yellow.  Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of fresh pear, quince, orange and white flowers, with a strong iodine quality gaining strength with air.  Utterly stains the palate with pungent orchard fruit and citrus pith flavors braced by bright mineral and spice notes.  Finishes with superb length and clarity, the mineral and floral notes echoing.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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