The vintage :
An exceptional vintage.
A very hot summer, great weather conditions until the end of the harvest.
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.
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
wonderful ripe fruit, showing pear, citrus, honey and quince in a fat package. A lemony finish keeps things fresh.
Wine Spectator, 1995-12-15
Best damn white wine I've ever had! Old and complex. Rich flavours and aromas bit still light and refreshing.
Max Driscoll, Twitter, 2014-01-09