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 :
A great vintage spared by the heat wave.
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 :
Yellow straw colour.
The nose is elegant with crystallised fruit and white flowers.
The mouth is fat and round, very elegant with a good minerality.
This is a beautiful wine to drink now.
Thick, rich, ripe and opulent white, with spicy exotic fruit, sandalwood, butter, popcorn, faded flowers and a lack of crisp acidity. Harmonious, full-bodied. A bit hot on the finish, but fabulous mouthfeel, with that amazing thickness from start to finish. Drink now through 2012. 1,915 cases made.
Wine Spectator, Note : 92/100, 2003-12-15
The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc (80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc, Picardin, and Bourboulenc) is a buttery, smoky, rich example with a mineral-like intensity, full body, and lavishly rich flavors that coat the palate with honeysuckle, marmalade, and glycerin. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Wine Advocate, Note : 92/100, 2003-02-01