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Château Rayas,Château Fonsalette

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Region: Rhône Valley
Refined Region: Southern Rhône Valley
Vintage: 1997
Grape Varieties:
Grenache 50% Cinsault 35% Syrah 15% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 14%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock

€225.50

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
Intensely perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry compote, smoky minerals and incense, along with a deep note of black cardamom. Palate-saturating raspberry and kirsch flavours are complicated by suggestions of licorice pastille and candied lavender, with silky tannins adding support. Becomes sappier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral-laced red fruit character.

The Domaine
The history of the Reynaud family at Rayas started in 1880 when a notary from the Avignon area Albert Reynaud became deaf when he was 45 years of age. He had to change profession and bought Chateau Rayas. His son Louis inhereted the property. For the older one Bernard he bought another property Chateau des Tours in Sarrians in 1935. In 1945 he also purchaced Chateau Fonsalette located in Lagarde-Paréol. The wines from here was made at Rayas. After the death of Louis his youngest son Jacques inherited the two estates and was the owner of Rayas and Fonsalette from 1978 until he suddenly died in 1997. As Jacques had no sons to take over his nephew Emmanuel owner of Chateau de Tours in Vacqueyras. In recent vintages Emmanuel has settled to the task and is producing classic Rayas and Fonsalette wines. No estate in the Southern Rhone has received as much acclaim as Chateau Rayas. With a unique terrior, and very old vines, the resultant wines are not deeply coloured, or overtly powerful, but it is rare to find any wine in the world that can rival them for intensity and persistence. Today these wines are matured in the cellars of two estates Château Rayas and Château des Tours

Food Pairing
Peppered beef with mushrooms and glazed onions or a simple filet mignon with green peppercorn cream sauce. Even less spicy dishes such as roast leg of lamb with mustard and red wine sauce. Otherwise the traditional pairing would be venison or game.

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