2001 Château Rayas "Pignan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1150552 92 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (10/ 2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Exotic aromas of strawberry, gingerbread, orange peel, dried flowers and leather. Juicy, spicy and exotic, with enticing peppery lift. An elegant, tangy Chateauneuf with a silky texture and lovely inner-mouth energy. Finishes with very fine tannins.  (2/ 2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape reveals a deep color along with an enticing nose of black cherries, prunes, figs, and resiny pine needles. There is good sweetness on the attack, medium body, excellent depth, and firm tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2015. (RP)  (2/ 2004)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant, herb and mineral dominated Châteauneuf, with dried cherry and plum notes in the background, and an elegant, balsa wood- and mesquite-tinged finish. Deceptively structured too, this may put on weight in the cellar. Drink now through 2009.  (6/ 2004)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape