Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2015

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vallée du Rhône, France

Year's best Rhône Wines : The Perrins farm about 17 acres of white varieties at Beaucastel, the majority of it roussanne. That grape accounts for about 80 percent of this wine, with bourboulenc, clairette, grenache blanc and picardan making up the rest. Vinified mostly in the tank, with 30 percent in barrel, it strikes a head-turning balance between juicy, peachy fruit and breezy, floral delicacy. The wine grows in breadth as it takes on air, roussanne’s nutty warmth coming up alongside garrigue-like notes of earth and herbs, and yet it retains its initial energy, even after a couple days open on the counter.

The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc offers classic, gorgeous notes of buttered citrus, honeycomb, stone fruits and hints of pineapple. It’s a fresh, medium to full-bodied, elegant white that will put on a touch of weight by the time it’s bottled; it will have to ability to drink well for 3-4 years and keep for decades.