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Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone White Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 102750
The white wines of Château de Beaucastel are amongst the finest expressions of Roussanne grapes grown in a warm climate. The two cuvees have a lot in common but show different personalities: the standard bottling, made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc, whose vines are between 10 and 40 years old, and a small quantity of the "Vieilles Vignes" cuvee, produced entirely from Roussanne vines of at least 65 years of age.
Color: pale yellow.
Nose: acacia flowers, honey.
Palate: very rich and smooth.
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is even better. Meriting the same rating as I gave it last year, it is a delicious, beautifully textured, light gold-colored white revealing plenty of white peach, apricot, nectarine, and honeysuckle notes as well as a distinctive florality and minerality. More honeyed and fuller-bodied than its 2008 counterpart, it should drink beautifully for 7-8 years, then go into an oxidative state. It is somewhat of a gamble as to what will happen thereafter. Beaucastel’s limited production luxury cuvee first produced in 1986 is their 100% Roussanne Vieilles Vignes offering. Fifty percent is barrel-fermented in one-year-old barrels, but no new oak is utilized.
Very ripe, but pure and well-defined, with lush mango, dried pineapple, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes, all laced with heather honey and brioche hints. The long, creamy finish lets a stony note ripple through. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made.
Light, bright gold. Ripe pear and white peach aromas are complemented by marzipan, honey and dried flowers. Sappy pit fruit flavors stain the palate and are firmed by juicy minerals, picking up subtle herbal and mineral notes on the back end. Finishes with excellent clarity and cling, the honey note repeating. This could handle the richest fish preparations.