1990 Chateau Rayas Reserve CDP - 100 pts - 750ml

1990 Chateau Rayas Reserve CDP - 100 pts - 750ml

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1990 Chateau Rayas Reserve CDP - 100 pts!
As for the 1990 I have had the good fortune to drink nearly three cases and it has been one of the triumphs of my cellar. A mere 1-2 years ago I enjoyed a succession of perfect "100 point" bottles but the last several bottles have merited 96-100 points perhaps revealing the direction of this wine's evolution. Nevertheless this is riveting stuff. A legendary Rayas made from extremely ripe Grenache it exhibits notes of over-ripe kirsch raspberries cherries game licorice and tobacco. This unctuously-textured thick juicy Chateauneuf must tip the scale at 15.5% alcohol. It is truly a Rhone Valley monument. As I wrote in my book The Wines of the Rhone Valley it would be a shame to go through life without tasting this wine. Sadly there are a number of fraudulent bottlings (both 750ml and magnums) in the marketplace but the real thing is one of the most phenomenally stuffed wines ever made. Dark ruby/purple-colored with an over-ripe nose of black cherry jam kirsch liqueur raspberries and minerals this exceptionally full-bodied Chateauneuf du Pape boasts layers of concentration glycerin and alcohol (in excess of 15%). The massive alcohol is well-concealed by the wine's spectacular extract and density. Low in acidity and unbelievably sumptuous it is ideal for consuming now and over the next 10-15+ years. The quintessential Rayas it is one of the most hedonistic and compelling wines ever made. RP

Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1990
Rating 100
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Rayas Chateau
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 1990 Chateau Rayas Reserve CDP - 100 pts! As for the 1990 I have had the good fortune to drink nearly three cases and it has been one of the triumphs of my cellar. A mere 1-2 years ago I enjoyed a succession of perfect "100 point" bottles but the last several bottles have merited 96-100 points perhaps revealing the direction of this wine's evolution. Nevertheless this is riveting stuff. A legendary Rayas made from extremely ripe Grenache it exhibits notes of over-ripe kirsch raspberries cherries game licorice and tobacco. This unctuously-textured thick juicy Chateauneuf must tip the scale at 15.5% alcohol. It is truly a Rhone Valley monument. As I wrote in my book The Wines of the Rhone Valley it would be a shame to go through life without tasting this wine. Sadly there are a number of fraudulent bottlings (both 750ml and magnums) in the marketplace but the real thing is one of the most phenomenally stuffed wines ever made. Dark ruby/purple-colored with an over-ripe nose of black cherry jam kirsch liqueur raspberries and minerals this exceptionally full-bodied Chateauneuf du Pape boasts layers of concentration glycerin and alcohol (in excess of 15%). The massive alcohol is well-concealed by the wine's spectacular extract and density. Low in acidity and unbelievably sumptuous it is ideal for consuming now and over the next 10-15+ years. The quintessential Rayas it is one of the most hedonistic and compelling wines ever made. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1990
Rating 100
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Rayas Chateau
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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