Rhône Theme

Timed Online Auction, 2 - 12 February 2024

Rhône | International & South African offering
About the Session

The first sale of the 2024 Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction calendar is an exciting Rhône valley and Rhône-style offering and has fast-become one of the most popular at Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions. 


Sold for

ZAR 12 898
Lot 139
  • Rayas; Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve; 2003; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 12 898

About this Item

2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
1 (1 x 1) 750ml

Château Rayas has always projected an image of secrecy and seclusion. The vines are planted on the most unusual terroir in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where the soils are extremely sandy and there is a more northerly exposure. Grenache is harvested late and aged in concrete to produce a hedonistic, long-ageing wine that is arguably the most sought-after in the south of France.

Critics Ratings

‘‘Only’ 14% alcohol. Wondrous brightness and head-filling aroma. At first, simple sweet raisiny Grenache – but this is deceptive. Actually enormous complexity and layers: raspberry jam, heady Indian spice, hint of black olive, earth. Lovely harmony and sweetness on the palate. Delicate yet no lack of intensity, and despite vintage and appellation, a wine that appeals above all to burgundy lovers. The more it opens, the more Rhônish the flavours become, and yet the more delicate and atypical the structure.’ – Alex Hunt, JancisRobinson.com, 18.5/20 (Jun 2012)

‘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. This is a reassuringly profound Rayas that seems to suggest that Emmanuel Reynaud has finally figured out this cold-climate terroir in a warm climate appellation. This wine should be given 3-4 years of bottle age, and drunk over the following 20+ years.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Feb 2006)

‘Lovely perfume, with tightly woven red and black cherry, graphite, incense, mineral and sous bois notes that stay fresh and focused thanks to finely imbedded acidity. Stylish finish. Drink now through 2025.’ – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 93/100 (Jun 2006)

Provenance

Private Client

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