Sign In

1990 Chateau Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Not Currently In Auction

Latest Sale Price

May 19, 2024 - $2,590


Have a 1990 Chateau Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve to sell?
Get a Free Estimate


100Robert M. Parker Jr.

Dark ruby/purple-colored, with an over-ripe nose of black cherry jam, kirsch liqueur, raspberries and minerals...the quintessential Rayas, it is one of the most hedonistic and compelling wines ever made.

19.5Jancis Robinson

Sweet and rich and vibrant. Heady and medicinal in a thoroughly good way. Great freshness. Jewels and spice. Bravo!

98James Suckling

This shows a unique peat and dried mango and candle wax character. Full-bodied, layered, very long and rich. Dense. Oily.

94Wine Spectator

A polished, rich and ripe red, this Rayas is just sensational, offering chocolate and spice and a minerally wet earth character. Tempting now, but worth cellaring. Even better than when reviewed upon release.

****/*Michael Broadbent


Chateau Rayas

Chateau Rayas is one of the most famous estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in France’s southern Rhone Valley. Founded in the late 19th century by Albert Reynaud, a lawyer and notary from Avignon, the estate is today run Emmanuel Reynaud, the fourth generation of the family to take control of the 56-acre estate with its 37 acres of vineyards. About three-quarters of the estate’s wines are reds and are made mostly of Grenache. The whites are made of Grenache Blanc and Clairette. The Reynaud family also owns and operates Chateau de Fonsalette and Chateau des Tours, both producers of Rhone Valley wines. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Chateau Rayas “one of the mythical names of France” because of its outstanding Chateauneuf-du-Papes.


France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.