The wine :
The production of white wine at Beaucastel is limited as we only have 7 hectares planted in white vines. The main variety is Roussanne, which represents 80% of the blend.
The vintage :
An exceptional vintage.
A very hot summer, great weather conditions until the end of the harvest.
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares of white varieties.
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
Handpicked in small cases, sorting of the grapes, pneumatic pressing, settling of the juice, fermentation (30% in oak barrels, 70% in tanks) for 8 months. Bottling after 8 months.
Roussanne : 80%
Grenache blanc : 15%
Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc : 5%
10°C in INAO glasses
Tasting notes :
Beautiful golden yellow colour.
The nose is mineral with notes of white flowers, honey and marmalade.
The mouth is round and rich in yellow fruits (peaches and apricots) followed by notes of salted caramel butter and a slightly salty finish.
"wonderful ripe fruit, showing pear, citrus, honey and quince in a fat package. A lemony finish keeps things fresh."
"Best damn white wine I've ever had! Old and complex. Rich flavours and aromas bit still light and refreshing."
Twitter Max Driscoll - 2014-01-09