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Château de Beaucastel Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2009

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

A glorious wine with exotic cinnamon-sprinkled apricot notes, a touch of honey and nuts and delicious cleansing acidity on the finish.

The 100-percent Roussanne "Vieilles Vignes" plot is 3 hectares and the vines are now 89 years old. Some 30 to 50 percent is fermented in barrels, with the remainder in stainless steel vats. Similarly, 30 to 50 percent is aged in oak, with the remainder in stainless steel for about 8 months. The nose is gorgeous, with acacia flowers, minerals and honey. Fresh and complex; the roussanne gives it the capacity to age. According to Thomas Perrin, it is a wine to consume up to 5 years of age or after a decade, but not during the intervening years.

The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Roussanne) is a staggering wine of extraordinary complexity and richness. Aromas of rose petals, exotic fruits such as mango and nectarine intermixed with peach marmalade, honeysuckle and crushed pineapple emerge from this full-bodied white along with good acidity and lavish amounts of fruit and glycerin. It offers a nearly out of body wine tasting experience.

Un nez riche, presque oxydé mais aussi d'une grande compléxité, le Roussanne Vieilles Vignes est dans l'abondance d'un fruit évoquant la mangue et encadré par une minéralité affirmée.

La sève de la roussanne, délicatement boisée avec des notes d'oranges amères, s'exprime en bouche par son extrème et élégante suavité avec une superbe richesse de matière

Dense and rich, with creamed yellow apple, sweetened butter, glazed pear and Cavaillon melon notes all woven seamlessly together and gliding through the very long finish. Show gorgeous purity and length. Drink now through 2020.

Intensely ripe quince and pear and already a note of honey but there is a real directness and power on the palate that comes from a mineral foundation. Silkier than the other two Beaucastel whites. Bone dry but fills the mouth. Fabulous length.

Vivid gold. Heady aromas of citrus and pit fruits, smoke, anise and honey, with a floral topnote. Powerful, delineated poached pear and nectarine flavors are lifted by zesty acidity. Suggestions of smoke, spice and exotic honey linger on an impressively focused, persistent finish.

Light to medium gold in the glass, this wine smells of honeysuckle, lemon curd, and wet stones with a hint of chamomile. In the mouth the wine is powerfully rich, with nearly-sweet lemon curd, honeysuckle and chamomile flavors. A minerality sings underneath the wine, and the acidity, like in a hermitage blanc, is quite subtle and filigreed, but beautiful and does exactly what it needs to as a balance to the ripe fruit.

Dense and rich, with creamed yellow apple, sweetened butter, glazed pear and Cavaillon melon notes all woven seamlessly together and gliding through the very long finish. Shows gorgeous purity and length. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made.