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

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

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012

Light gold.  Intense, mineral-accented aromas of dried citrus fruits, quince and spices.  Dry and linear, displaying very good depth and energy to its lemon, orange and orchard fruit flavors.  Shows impressive clarity and precision on the minerally, spicy finish.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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