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Château Rayas

The winery is located in the municipality Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the eponymous area in the south Rhône Valley, The already legendary during his lifetime Jacques Reynaud (+1997) has a rigorous Organic viticulture introduced. Since his death, the estate is managed by his nephew Emmanuel, who had already become known before the takeover with his Château des Tours in Vaqueyras. The vineyards cover 15 hectares of vineyards. Of these, 13 hectares are planted with the red varieties Grenache Noir (90%), Cinsaut and Syrah, and two hectares of white wine varieties. The red wine is made 100% pure varietal from Grenache Noir and ripens depending on the year one to three years in oak barrels with 450 liter volume. The high quality is achieved by age-old vines and a rigorous yield limit of 15 hectoliters / hectare (50% of the AC determination). Another cause is the soil conditions. From the sandy vineyards, the heat-storing, fist-to-head-sized "galets roules" (rolling pebbles), for which the area Châteauneuf-du-Pape is famous, were almost completely removed. This leads to a slightly delayed maturity and thus a slightly longer vegetation period, which is probably responsible for the enormous complexity and depth of taste.

The deep dark red wine is next to that of the Château de Beaucastel as one of the best Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is also one of the best red wines in the world. He is extremely durable and at least 20 to 30 years and longer storable. A reserve of the year 1998 costs € 400 (as at the end of 2009). The second wine is called "Pignan", even this is one of the best of the Appellation. Only small quantities are produced, 10,000 to 20,000 bottles of first wine and, depending on the year, up to 12,000 bottles of secondary wine. In most cases, the few bottles are distributed to loyal regular customers. There is also a white version. Regardless of the prominence hardly anyone manages to visit the estate. Under the AC designation 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), as well as "La Pialade".

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