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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2014

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

Very bright, with delicious honeysuckle, white peach, chamomile, star fruit and lemon curd notes that are creamy and energetic. The long finish has a stony echo. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 250 cases made.

Top other 2014 Southern Rhône.

Limpid yellow. Tightly focused, mineral- laced citrus pith and orchard fruit scents unfold slowly, picking up a spicy nuance and a hint of nectarine. Fresh and seamless on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and tangerine flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Concentrated yet lithe, closing with firm mineral cut and a clingy floral quality.

Si la roussanne tient le haut du pavé dans le châteauneuf de la maison, la marsanne, complétée de viognier mais surtout de 10 % de clairette qui l'illumine de l'intérieur, galbe et arrondit le palais en lui conférant ces notes de miel et d'amande. Un blanc sec très fin, subtil et détaillé, substantiel. Volume et longueur appréciables.

A white I normally buy by the case, the 2014 Coudolet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Blanc is a mix of Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier and Marsanne that offers lots of citrus blossom, lemon zest and hints of apple in a medium-bodied, racy style on the palate. More racy and lively on the palate than the nose would have you believe, drink this delicious white over the coming 2-4 years.