Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2005

Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France

$90.00 $69.99
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Item No. 100209
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP93
  • ST91
  • WS90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS93
  • 1990
  • WS94

Winemaker's Notes

Château de Fonsalette, from Château Rayas, the great Châteauneuf producer, shows just what can be accomplished with very low yields and meticulous winemaking. This "basic" cuvée is always extraordinary and can age 20+ years. Château de Fonsalette is a separate estate from Rayas, not a second label. The Fonsalette vineyards are located about 18 miles north of Rayas towards Orange, Carianne and Rasteau. These wines are made at Château Rayas, however, in the same manner as Rayas and Pignan.

Grenache 50%, Cinsault 35%, Syrah 15%

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone is a blockbuster. This blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and 15% Syrah has a dark ruby/purple color and a beautifully structured style with notes of black truffle, licorice, black currant, and sweet cherry intermixed with some crushed rock and flowers. The wine is beautifully broad, savory, and exceptionally well-delineated and focused. This is a magnificent wine that should be at its best between 2010 and 2025."
93 Points

"Medium red. Spicy cherry and blackcurrant on the nose, with deeper licorice and tobacco adding power. Fresher red berry flavors show impressive minerality. Finishes with silky tannins, gentle grip and an echo of sweet red berries. This has very good balance and focus. "
91 Points

"Rich, with a really enticing streak of mesquite and incense weaving through the dark currant, tapenade, braised beef and melted licorice notes. This long, minerally finish shows a hint of shiso leaf. Should cellar well. Drink now through 2011"
90 Points

Learn About Cotes du Rhone

A Cote of Many Grapes The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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