Château Rayas Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2003

9.552 ratings on Delectable
$475

The 2003 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape has gone from strength to strength and now looks to be the finest vintage since the monumental 1995. Deep ruby to the rim with that classic Rayas nose of flowers, kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, crushed rocks, and minerals, the wine is dense and concentrated, with a broad, savory mouthfeel, sweet yet silky tannin, fabulous persistence, and a blockbuster finish that just goes on and on... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Neal Dessouky Delectable Pro

Beautiful especially in context of vintage. Very elegant and complex. Showed a touch of heat but otherwise gorgeous.

Beautiful especially in context of vintage. Very elegant and complex. Showed a touch of heat but otherwise gorgeous.

9.5

Matt Duncan Delectable Pro

Much lighter than expected. Delicate color, bursting savory cranberry attack. Moderate tannins at first but really tightened up after an hour of decanting. Freshness belies its age.

Much lighter than expected. Delicate color, bursting savory cranberry attack. Moderate tannins at first but really tightened up after an hour of decanting. Freshness belies its age.

9.5

Scott Wren Delectable Pro

2003. $330 a bottle! Barnyard on the nose. Red fruit. A lotta Grenache. Not too massive. Neutral oak barrels.

2003. $330 a bottle! Barnyard on the nose. Red fruit. A lotta Grenache. Not too massive. Neutral oak barrels.

8.8

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Incredible feat for a blistering vintage!

Incredible feat for a blistering vintage!

9.4

MaryRebecca Taylor Delectable Pro

Candied. Not one of the greats.

Candied. Not one of the greats.

8.9

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Do not dismiss the 2003s, not even in the hot southern Rhone.

Do not dismiss the 2003s, not even in the hot southern Rhone.

9.4

Ronnie Sanders Delectable Pro

Owner/Importer Vine Street Imports

Great shot of Zar Brooks gorgeous yellow polo thru the bottle

Great shot of Zar Brooks gorgeous yellow polo thru the bottle

9.9

Richard Betts Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Winemaker/Mezcalero Saint Glinglin, Sombra

It's no OG but it'll do

It's no OG but it'll do

9.1

Ron Siegel

Ripe cherry, kirsch liqueur, earth, leather, black pepper & violets. This handled the heat very well.

Ripe cherry, kirsch liqueur, earth, leather, black pepper & violets. This handled the heat very well.

9.3

Michael Simonetti

Woah. Roses. Leather and meat.

Woah. Roses. Leather and meat.

9.5