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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2006

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

Has nice richness, with melon and peach flavors backed by a hint of fig on the broad finish. Drink now. 1,130 cases made. –JM

The outstanding 2006 Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet Blanc (equal parts Viognier, Marsanne, and Bourboulenc with 10% Clairette added for aromatics) is outstanding, one of the best versions of this wine I have tasted. It is dry, medium-bodied, with oodles of honeysuckle and orange marmalade-like fruit notes intermixed with some lemon oil and citrus. Good acidity, wonderful freshness, and obviously no oak whatsoever make for a tasty, food-friendly wine to drink over the next several years.