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2009 Chateau Rayas Chateau de Fonsalette Syrah Cotes du Rhone
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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 Chateau de Fonsalette Syrah Cotes du Rhone

Producer: Chateau Rayas
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

Opaque ruby.  Highly perfumed bouquet of blackberry, cherry, Asian spices and violet, with subtle pepper and mineral notes emerging with air.  Juicy, penetrating and gently sweet, offering fresh red and dark berry flavors and a smoky mineral underpinning.  Impressively vibrant syrah with excellent finishing clarity and a lingering note of zesty spices.  This could easily pass as an elegant wine from the northern Rhone.


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About the Cotes du Rhone

The entire Rhone Valley is frequently referred to as the Cotes du Rhone, but this is also the name of the generic appellation that covers more than 100 communes in the region north of Avignon. The primary varieties cultivated here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Wines simply labeled Cotes du Rhone may rank at the bottom of the hierarchy...

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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