The vintage :
The 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhone valley is exceptional, both in terms of quality and quantity, thanks to idyllic weather conditions that protected the region from climatic accidents throughout the whole year.
Considered as one of the greatest white wines in France, only 6000 bottles of this wine are produced. It's made with 100% very old Roussanne vines and harvested slightly over ripe. This exceptional wine must be drunk within 3 years or after 15 years. To be enjoyed with gastronomic cuisine.
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares planted with white varieties.
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
The grapes are hand picked in small cases and sorted, pneumatically pressed. Settling of the juices and fermentation (30% in oak, 70% tanks). Bottled after 8 months.
Roussanne : 100%
Tasting notes :
With its deep mimosa yellow color, this Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2016 presents an intense nose with notes of acacia and beeswax. The palate is soft, full-bodied, with honeyed aromas and an infinite length. A great vintage.
14°C in tasting glasses.
Le Vieilles Vignes continue de nous impressionner : il s’affine et gagne en profondeur avec le temps. Une des plus jolies définitions de Roussanne dans le Rhône méridional. Une belle maturité qui reflète le cépage sans accuser les notes trop mûres si souvent rencontrées dans le secteur de Châteauneuf. Nous sommes impressionnés par la maîtrise de la maturité que ce vin profond révèle. La bouche se montre de belle envergure, ample et racée, avec une belle allonge.
La Revue du Vin de France, Note : 19/20, 2017-07-31
Also bottled two weeks ago, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is utterly killer and is as good as it gets. Huge notes of orange blossom, peach, tangerine, honeysuckle, and caramelized citrus flow from this insanely good, unctuous, heavenly textured white that possesses full-bodied richness and power, yet stays light, graceful and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 4-6 years, or cellar for a decade or more. Robert Parker once famously called this the Montrachet of the Rhône, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Don’t miss this wine!
Jeb Dunnuck, Note : 100/100, 2017-10-19
Guide Bettane et Desseauve des vins de France, Note : 17,5/20, 2018-09-03
100 year old Roussanne vines giving very small yields and harvested two weeks after the younger vines. It’s deeply vinous, with aromas of quince, pineapple and apricot. Very full-bodied, it is languorous and opulent in texture. It glides across the palate, down the throat and lingers on. The oak is used well, adding rather than detracting. A very powerful, regal wine.
Matt Walls, Decanter, Note : 98/100, 2017-10-08
The 500-case production of this wine comes from a three-hectare parcel of Roussanne planted in 1909. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes takes the quality of Beaucastel's traditional white and raises it another level. Caramelized pineapple sounds sweet and cloying, but it isn't when it's backed by amazing texture, citrus zest and a briny sensation on the never-ending finish. As this was the last wine of my visit to the estate, I found it especially hard to spit out.
Wine Advocate, Note : 96/100, 2017-10-31