2007 Chateau de Fonsalette Côtes du Rhône Réservé Syrah


Jacques Reynaud, who died in 1997, was one of the true characters in Châteauneuf. A notoriously shy and private man, he was known to avoid appointments by hiding in ditches that lined the rutted driveway leading to his château. However, he was recognised as one of the world’s greatest winemakers and the legacy of Château Rayas is now continued by his son François.

Rayas also makes three different Fonsalette wines; Chateau Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Syrah, Chateau Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone and Chateau Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Blanc.

The wines of Fonsalette are made in the cellars of Rayas. In total, Emmanuel Reynaud owns 10 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.



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94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
One of the rarest wines from the Rayas/Fonsalette portfolio is always the Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Syrah. Made from vines grown on a north-facing, cool-climate slope from Syrah cuttings taken from the vineyards of the famous Chave family in Mauves in Tain Hermitage, the 2007 pushes animalistic characteristics to a maximum, but pulls back before it becomes too eccentric or idiosyncratic. This dark purple wine displays notes of bouquet garni, tapenade, raw beef, smoked duck, and plenty of cassis, black currant and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, opulent, and possessing the 2007’s exuberance and low acidity but considerable glycerin and alcohol, this is a stunning Syrah that should drink well for 20-25 years. I base this time line on the fact that the 1978 Cuvee Syrah, their debut vintage, is still remarkably healthy and just approaching full maturity.

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Chateau Rayas



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Côtes du Rhône