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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2015

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


Year's best Rhône Wines : The Perrin's farm about 17 acres of white varieties at Beaucastel, the majority of it Foussanne. 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.

Light yellow. Mineral-accent orange, melon and poached pear on the highly perfumed nose, backed by a hint of smokiness. Offers juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors, along with hints of bitter quinine and honey that build slowly with air. Shows impressive depth as well as energy on the finish, which hangs on with strong minerally persistence.

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.