2015 Côtes du Rhône, Réserve, Château des Tours, E. Reynaud, Rhône

2015 Côtes du Rhône, Réserve, Château des Tours, E. Reynaud, Rhône

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2015 Côtes du Rhône, Réserve, Château des Tours, E. Reynaud, Rhône

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65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault. 90% aged in vat, 10% in 600-litre oak for 18 months.

Very pale garnet and quite cloudy too. Fantastic nose of mahogany and mushroom, with mushy raspberry fruit. It’s one of those wines which is so instantly classic, so obviously ‘fine wine’ in that intangible way. On the palate, there’s savoury aniseed and violet aroma, plenty of peppery spice, and a long finish with the sort of dried fruit I sometimes associate with Amarone or port. 

Absolutely dry and appetising on the finish. What’s wrong with it? Well, the alcohol is a little high, and it doesn’t have the swirling depths of its sibling Rayas, but it’s still outstanding. 

Drink 2020 - 2030

Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com (August 2020)

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Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20

65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault. 90% aged in vat, 10% in 600-litre oak for 18 months.

Very pale garnet and quite cloudy too. Fantastic nose of mahogany and mushroom, with mushy raspberry fruit. It’s one of those wines which is so instantly classic, so obviously ‘fine wine’ in that intangible way. On the palate, there’s savoury aniseed and violet aroma, plenty of peppery spice, and a long finish with the sort of dried fruit I sometimes associate with Amarone or port. 

Absolutely dry and appetising on the finish. What’s wrong with it? Well, the alcohol is a little high, and it doesn’t have the swirling depths of its sibling Rayas, but it’s still outstanding. 

Drink 2020 - 2030

Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com (August 2020)

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About this WINE

Château Rayas

Château Rayas

Jacques Reynaud, who died in 1997, was one of the true characters in Châteauneuf. A notoriously shy and private man, he was known to avoid appointments by hiding in ditches that lined the rutted driveway leading to his château. However, he was recognised as one of the world's greatest winemakers and the legacy of Château Rayas is now continued by his son François.

So many practices here seem to run contrary to other producers in Châteauneuf - the 13 hectares of vines are north facing and contain none of the fabled "galets roulés". Only Grenache is used and yields at around 15hl/h are ridiculously low. Almost uniquely the wines are matured in the now rarely seen 450 litre "double-piéce" oak casks. These are substantial and exotically rich wines that are quite literally unique.

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Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône, located in southern France’s Rhône Valley, is one of the country’s largest and most well-known wine appellations. The region is renowned for producing a wide range of high-quality wines, with vineyards extending from just south of Lyon in the north to Avignon in the south, covering both banks of the Rhône River.

Côtes du Rhône is celebrated for its wide array of red and white grape varieties. The primary red grape varieties include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, while the main white grape varieties consist of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.

The region is divided into several appellations, each with distinct characteristics and regulations. The hierarchy ranges from the broad Côtes du Rhône appellation to more specific and prestigious sub-appellations like Côtes du Rhône Villages and Crus such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Hermitage.

The region benefits from a diverse terroir, contributing to the different wine styles. The northern part has a continental climate, while the southern portion enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which plays a vital role in grape ripening and flavour development.

The red wines are highly regarded for their rich and robust flavours. They often exhibit notes of dark fruits, herbs, spices, and distinctive peppery quality, especially in the Syrah-dominated wines from the northern Rhône.

The white wines are typically aromatic and elegant, with flavours of stone fruits, floral notes, and hints of mineral complexity.

Côtes du Rhône also produces excellent rosé wines, which are refreshing and perfect for warm weather enjoyment.

Winemaking in Côtes du Rhône has a long history from ancient times. The region preserves a combination of traditional methods and modern techniques, allowing winemakers to express the unique characteristics of their terroir.

Côtes du Rhône wines are versatile and pair well with a wide range of dishes, including roasted meats, hearty stews, grilled vegetables, and cheeses.

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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