maandag 31 augustus 2009
woensdag 26 augustus 2009
vrijdag 21 augustus 2009
Chateau Rayas is one of the most original Chateauneufs being made in.. eh.. Chateauneuf. I once had the pleasure to drink this mythic wine (the 1999) and it’ s one of my great winememories (thank you Marc DW). Very charmed by the lightness (not only of the color), fraicheur and yet huge complexity of this wine, I searched for bottles with the same qualities but at a smaller pricetag. Believe it or not, in contrast with mister Bono, I DID found what I was looking for! I’d say more, the first time I drunk the Cotes du Rhone from Chateau des Tours, the only thing I could think was: “ hmm, this must be Rayas in an other bottle…” Not THAT surprising, because Chateau des Tours is made by the same team of winemakers and is propriety of… Emmanuel Reynaud, winemaker at Rayas! The wine has luscious aroma’ s of red fruits (strawberry) and spices. The mouthfeel is fresh, juicy, and beautifully balanced. I served this Des Tours 2005 (70%grenache + counoise and cinsault) several times and everybody who tasted this wine, with no single exception, was impassioned and asked for more, more more.
Chateau des Tours also makes a fabulous vin de pays, which has the same character but somewhat less complexity. An incredible bargain at 8,70€ (Grandry)
The third wine on the picture is La pialade, which is in fact the third wine of Chateau Rayas (Fonsalette being the second) and which is made by the grapes that didn’ t make it to Rayas or Fonsalette. Parker is not that enthousiast about the 2005 (86) , but in my opinion he seriously underrated this wine. The Rhone got 91, The Vdp 89.
Look out for these wines, you won’ t be dissapointed.
donderdag 6 augustus 2009
Pedro brought me a bottle which he bought at Bernards', the most suspicious wineshop in Ghent.