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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1999

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

Readers seeking white Beaucastels for long-term aging should check out the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape. It offers a sensational bouquet, but its acid profile results in more delineation as well as greater potential for longevity. Full, concentrated, and layered, it will drink well for 10-15 years.

Thick and showy, but this one pulls it off. Honey, butter, marzipan and toasted bread. Everything about this wine is big--big in body and big in flavor. Gold-colored. Expansive finish. Best from 2002 through 2010. 1,080 cases made.