2007 chateau rayas, chateauneuf-du-pape
Why We're Buying
At the beginning of 2017, a single bottle of Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape retailed for $477. Four years later, it cost more than double that, eclipsing $1,100. What makes this red wine special? It's considered one of the purest expressions of grenache grapes in the world. In 1978 and 1990, wine critic Robert Parker gave the vintage perfect ratings.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape was slightly more impressive in its youth, and it's dropped a fair bit of color and is more upfront than I expected. Nevertheless, it's still a beautiful, elegant Rayas that offers classic notes of framboise, flower garden, strawberry jam and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, seductive and elegant on the palate, with that seamless style that's rarely found outside of this address, drink it anytime over the coming decade or more.