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Chateau Rayas

The winery is located in the municipality Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the area of the same name in the south Rhône Valley, Jacques Reynaud (+1997), who was already legendary during his lifetime, has a rigorous character Organic viticulture introduced. Since his death, the estate has been managed by his nephew Emmanuel, who had already become acquainted with his Château des Tours in Vaqueyras before the takeover. The vineyards cover 15 hectares of vineyards. Of these, 13 hectares are planted with the red wines Grenache Noir (90%), Cinsaut and Syrah, and two hectares with white wines. The red wine is made from 100% Grenache Noir and, depending on the vintage, matures in oak barrels with a volume of 450 liters for one to three years. The high quality is achieved through ancient vines and a rigorous yield limitation of 15 hectoliters / hectare (50% of the AC determination). Soil conditions are another cause. The heat-storing, fist to head-sized "galets roules" (rolling pebbles), for which the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area is famous, were almost completely removed from the sandy vineyards. This leads to a slightly delayed ripening and thus a somewhat longer growing season, which is probably partly responsible for the enormous complexity and depth of taste.

The deep dark red wine is next to that of Château de Beaucastel as one of the best Châteauneuf-du-Pape and also one of the best red wines in the world. It is extremely durable and can be stored for at least 20 to 30 years or longer. A reserve for the 1998 vintage costs € 400 (as of the end of 2009). The second wine is called "Pignan", even this is still one of the best in the appellation. Only small quantities are produced, 10,000 to 20,000 bottles of first wine and, depending on the vintage, up to 12,000 bottles of second wine. Most of the few bottles are distributed to loyal regular customers. There is also a white version. Regardless of the prominence, hardly anyone can visit the estate. Under the AC name Côtes du Rhône, the brands "Fonsalette" are produced in red (Grenache, Cinsaut and Syrah, as well as a single variety Syrah) and white (Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Clairette), and "La Pialade".

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