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Cayas, Syrah Barrique

Cayas, Syrah Du Valais, is a concentrated Syrah from the “Rhône Supérieur” (the upper Rhône above Lake Geneva). We were out of Cayas for months as Gilles Besse decided to switch to a full 2 years maturation. The gap was well worth it. The 2013 is a Syrah for the ages.


Source
Switzerland
Red
Variety

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
Red
Region
Valais
Wine features
Oaked, Slow Wine
Variety
Syrah
AOC / DAC / DOC
AOC Valais
Ripeness
Normal
Aged in
Barrel (old)
Composition
Syrah 100%

More about this wine

What to expect
To be blown away by this amazing wine.
Food matches
This wine goes well with all classic red wine pairings red meat, game, and cheese, but it is stunning with duck and pheasant. Mostly, this wine goes well with wine enthusiasts.

Cayas Syrah Du Valais is a "Rhône Supérieur" Syrah, and a near legendary wine at great tables in Switzerland and the UK.

Ben says about the 2013 (February 2017): This is one of the occasions when you wish you had kept a few bottles of the previous vintage for comparison. Cayas is always a delight and a treasure to open and enjoy but Gilles Besse, the winemaker, has made some changes in the last few years. The glorious 2010 spent twelve months in oak but the current vintage, 2013, spent twenty-four months in oak. Because of the overwhelming beauty of the wine and the extraction of aroma and flavour that Gilles manages, I am not in the least bothered from an enjoyment angle but, in a more scientific manner, I am intrigued. I shall have to hope that he invites me for a horizontal tasting of Cayas in Switzerland!

The colour is dark ruby and intense. You can sense the concentration of grapes in the wine and you are not deceived by your eyes. The aromas on the nose are big and juicy with black fruit and spices in abundance. There is nearly enough pepper there to make you sneeze!

The wine fills the mouth and the acidity and tannins spread out like ripples in a pond, bringing the flavours to all your tastebuds. Blackcurrant leads but is accompanied by other black fruits - berries and cherries - which seem to coat your tongue in an effort to retain the flavour for as long as possible.

The finish is very long and enjoyable with nothing harsh at all. This is a lovely wine that is always worth opening. I would suggest laying some down but you will need tremendous willpower to manage that!

As far as the extra time in oak is concerned, all that I can detect is that it has moved to a new level of softness and sophistication. Well done, Gilles.

Vintages

About this vintage

Vintage
2010
Product Code
4113041
Composition
Syrah 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12.8% %
Aged in
Barrel (old)
Bottle Size
0.75L

In Depth

Cayas Syrah Du Valais is a more controlled, concentrated and elegant version of the great French Rhône Syrahs such as Côte-Rôtie - crisp and harmonious thanks to the cool climate.

The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine, a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp with well structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant, vanilla and an earthy minerality, punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost-perfect balance between acidity and tannins, which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is cool climate Syrah.

Among its many awards is a Gold Medal in Vinalies Internationales Paris and, at the Syrah du Monde 2009, a Gold Medal and the distinction of being one of the Top 10 Best Syrahs.

Up until 2012 the Cayas was in oak for 12 months. Since the 2013 vintage, it spends 24 months in oak. Well worth it!

Tasting Notes

2010 (Sold Out) The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine - a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp with well-structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberry blackcurrant and redcurrant, vanilla and an earthy minerality punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost perfect balance between acidity and tannins which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is an excellent example of an oaked cool climate Syrah.

2013 The arrival of a new vintage of any wine is always a much anticipated treat. Germanier's Cayas is no exception. Giles Besse, the almost godlike oenologue, has created yet another amazing wine.

This is Syrah at its best: not just Swiss Syrah but any in the world. It is a dark brooding wine that gives an impression of something big and bold and the wine does not disappoint. Despite its youth the nose already gives many tertiary aromas. The flavours in the mouth are delicious with bunches of ripe black and red berries joined together with a touch of oaky vanilla and plenty of typical black pepper.

At the moment there is a slight imbalance towards acidity but that is being very picky. With a wine this good, you have to look very hard to find anything outside perfection. The balance will alter over time and I expect that, in a couple of years, it will be perfectly balanced. The tannins are soft and the finish is long and fruity.

This is a superb wine.

Reviews

About this vintage

Vintage
2013
Product Code
4116019
Composition
Syrah 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
13 %
Stock
46
Last tasted
February 23 2017
Keep until
2040
Bottle Size
0.75L

The first with 2 years maturation

In Depth

Cayas Syrah Du Valais is a more controlled, concentrated and elegant version of the great French Rhône Syrahs such as Côte-Rôtie - crisp and harmonious thanks to the cool climate.

The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine, a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp with well structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant, vanilla and an earthy minerality, punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost-perfect balance between acidity and tannins, which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is cool climate Syrah.

Among its many awards is a Gold Medal in Vinalies Internationales Paris and, at the Syrah du Monde 2009, a Gold Medal and the distinction of being one of the Top 10 Best Syrahs.

Up until 2012 the Cayas was in oak for 12 months. Since the 2013 vintage, it spends 24 months in oak. Well worth it!

Tasting Notes

2010 (Sold Out) The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine - a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp with well-structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberry blackcurrant and redcurrant, vanilla and an earthy minerality punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost perfect balance between acidity and tannins which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is an excellent example of an oaked cool climate Syrah.

2013 The arrival of a new vintage of any wine is always a much anticipated treat. Germanier's Cayas is no exception. Giles Besse, the almost godlike oenologue, has created yet another amazing wine.

This is Syrah at its best: not just Swiss Syrah but any in the world. It is a dark brooding wine that gives an impression of something big and bold and the wine does not disappoint. Despite its youth the nose already gives many tertiary aromas. The flavours in the mouth are delicious with bunches of ripe black and red berries joined together with a touch of oaky vanilla and plenty of typical black pepper.

At the moment there is a slight imbalance towards acidity but that is being very picky. With a wine this good, you have to look very hard to find anything outside perfection. The balance will alter over time and I expect that, in a couple of years, it will be perfectly balanced. The tannins are soft and the finish is long and fruity.

This is a superb wine.

Reviews

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