2005 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356071 92 points Wine Spectator

 Mature in feel, with sweetened butter, green almond and melon notes allied to a paraffinlike texture, but there's also plenty of bright underlying acidity. Creamy and broad through the finish, with the waxy feel allowing a sweet butter note to echo on. A lovely example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2012.  (10/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is a beauty. It is full-bodied with great acidity and richness. The 2005s at this renowned estate, both the Cotes du Rhones from the Fonselette estate and the Chateauneuf du Papes, are cool-climate style wines with some austerity but admirable delicacy and lightness. I didn’t think they were among the vintage’s strongest efforts, but they are certainly very much in keeping with the style of past Jacques Reynaud wines.  (2/2007)

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