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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 92 Connoisseurs' Guide, 91 Wine Enthusiast, 89 Wine Spectator
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Rhone White Blends
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 99502
A blend of 68% Roussanne, 22% Grenache Blanc and 10% Picpoul Blanc.
The 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is a powerful expression of the 2007 vintage at Tablas Creek. It shows aromas of rose petals, candied lemon, honeycomb, white pepper, and sweet oak, rich Roussanne flavors of honey and sweet spice and long, dry, slightly tropical finish. It should drink well when young but will also reward time in bottle; we expect it to show beautifully for at least the next 8-10 years.
Pair with cooked shellfish (lobster, softshell crab, shrimp), roasted or grilled vegetables (eggplant, asparagus, peppers), foods cooked with garlic and olive oil, rich fish dishes (i.e., salmon, swordfish) and Asian stir fry.
Another stunning effort is the 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, a blend of 68% Roussanne, 22% Grenache Blanc, and the balance other varietals. It exhibits abundant floral notes intermixed with notions of licorice, orange blossoms, lemon oil, white currants, and honeyed grapefruit, good fruit, medium to full body, and terrific acidity as well as freshness. 92-94 Points
Pale chartreuse color. Deep, smoky bouquet combines mango, pear, lees and dried flowers. Lightweight and precise, with fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a late jolt of tangy minerals. Deep in flavor but elegant, finishing with good mineral lift and bite. This weighs in at a civilized 13.5% alcohol.
65% Roussanne; 22% Grenache Blanc; 10% Pic-poul Blanc. This is a very nicely fruited wine, and even though Tablas Creek always seems to have one foot planted in France and one rooted here, this effort is all-California in its fruit even if owing something to that other place in its balance. It smells of Fuji apples and stone fruits with a hint of honey and it is clean, rich, bright and long on the palate and in aftertaste. And, it will surely improve a bit in the cellar.
This is an hommage to the owning family’s white Rhône wine from France. It’s a crisp, minerally wine, firm and clean and dry, with flavors of dried citrus fruits, orange peel, honeysuckle flower, vanilla and toast. Shows real elegance and sophistication.
Appealing for its smoky overtones, medium body, waxy texture and broad apple and citrus flavors. A mouthwatering acidity adds lightness and clarity to the Meyer lemon, peach, pear and spice details. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. Drink now.