Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2021

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

"Wonderful nose of orange blossom, melon, and ripe stone fruit, then very creamy and silky on the concentrated and refined palate. Very delicious for a dry white of this stature, tasted from the barrel! 100% Roussanne from 50 to 60-year-old vines. From organically grown grapes."

"Honeycomb oak on the nose, then quite a broad and generous palate. Sappy acidity, although not as high as some white Châteauneufs this year, and a long finish. This has a good sense of lightness, drinkability and balance. The oak is quite forthright for now, so give this some time to come together. 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache and Clairette, plus 10% of Piquepoul Blanc, Picardan and Bourboulenc. Part of the blend was matured in two- and three-year-old barriques for a year."