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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2010

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

The Beaucastel 2010 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc may well be the best Coudoulet white i have ever tasted. I scored it very conservatively last year, but out of bottle this wine (again, a blend of 30% Viognier, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Marsanne and the rest Clairette) is not dissimilar from drinking the Beaucastel Roussanne. This is a gorgeous wine, with wet stones interwoven with apricot marmalade, white peach, honeysuckle and rose petals. It is an extraordinary Côtes du Rhône white and possibly the best white Côtes du Rhône i have ever tasted.

Assurément l'un des plus avantageux blancs rhodaniens chez les grandes pointures offertes sous la barre des cinquante dollars, sans compter qu'il est d'une régularité sans faille depuis plus de dix millésimes. Donc, vous y trouverez un sensuel et prenant Coudoulet blanc, au nez tout aussi subtil et discret que dans les deux derniers millésimes, à la bouche d'une grande suavité, satinée, texturée et harmonieuse au possible, aux saveurs pures et précise, sans esbroufe, comme toujours, à l'acidité fraîche et juste dosée, lui donnant de l'élan et de la fraîcheur. Abricot, pêche, tilleul et miel se donnent la réplique avec noble retenue. Une belle bouteille pour s'amuser à table avec les aliments complémentaires à ses parfums: porc, crabe des neiges, noix de pétoncle, abricot, pêche, lait de coco, pacane, érable, miso, champignons et scotch.

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Fresh, assertively perfumed aromas of orange, pear and minerals, with a sexy floral quality adding complexity. Bright and focused yet silky on the palate, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Closes bright and nervy, with very good persistence to the orange zest and jasmine nuances.

A superb vintage for this cuvee, the 2010 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc is a blend of 30% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Bourboulenc, and 10% Clairette that's aged 80% in stainless steel tank, and 20% in small barrels. Very light gold in color, it exhibits a crisp bouquet that gains richness with air, going from light citrus and mineral-driven to showing more peach, flowers, dried stone, and honeysuckle over fresh white is superb now, yet should also evolve and drink well for 2-4 years.

Ripe and creamy up front, with butter-framed melon, creamed peach and pear notes that are then offset by a stony edge on the fresh finish. Blossoms in the glass. Bourboulenc, Vignier, Marsanne and Clairette.

I love white Côtes du Rhône. That’s what this is. The fruit flavours tend to be more neutral and subtle than, say, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. Made from marsanne, viognier, bourboulenc and clairette, this topranked example is medium-bodied, with a round, silky feel resolving with a lightly chalky finish and kick of invigorating bitterness. Consider pairing it with roast chicken.

Château de Beaucastel 2010 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc. Coudoulet is a single vineyard near the chateau itself, producing what many call “baby Beaucastel.” This white version is a blend of Marsanne, Viognier, and Bourboulenc, and is a pale gold colour smelling of honeyed peaches; in the mouth the peach notes continue and the wine is vibrant and full bodied. This will gracefully age for two or three years.

The 2010 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc (30% Viognier, 30% Bourboulenc, 30% Marsanne and 10% Clairette) offers up scents of white peaches, wet stones, spring flowers and apricot marmalade.

From the other side of the road from the Châteauneuf boundary. Clairette, Viognier, Bourboulenc. Little bit of Roussanne and Marsanne. Slightly sandier than Beaucastel. Pale straw. Opulent nose. Very broad and open. Easy peasy and a little soft on the finish.