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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2015

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

Incroyable nez miellé avec un boisé artistiquement intégré. La concentration considérable et le côté salin permettront de le goûter sur plusieurs décennies.

Limpid yellow-gold. Expansive aromas of orange pith, nectarine, iodine, pungent flowers and honey acquire a smoky mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Densely packed and vibrant as well, offering ripe citrus and pit fruit flavors that show a refreshingly bitter edge and a core of minerality. Tense, pure and vibrant for its size, finishing with emphatic mineral thrust and persistent floral and citrus fruit notes. The interplay of richness and energy here is really impressive.

Even better than the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, the richer, more concentrated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes comes from a single parcel of vines located beside the Chateau that were planted in 1909. Full-bodied, rich, gorgeously concentrated and textured, with fabulous notes of orange blossom, buttered citrus, marmalade and honey, it will be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. It’s worth noting that since 2009, the estate has changed the viticulture with regards to their whites, moving to slightly larger yields, with the goal of making a more elegant white that ages more predictably.