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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2015

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

Joy for me is a great southern Rhône white. Drunk at 10-12 C, this is full of peach and pears, with a hint of almond and just enough acidity to keep it lively. When served warmer than that, it becomes so rich and honeyed, exotic and sensual. This is when I love to drink it. Residual sugar: 3.3 g/L. Grape varieties: Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette. Serve at 10-14 C. Drink now-2022. Food pairing idea: apéritif, scallops, richer fish in sauce.

The 2015 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Blanc had just been bottled and showed a medium-bodied, rich, nicely textured style to go with pretty, citrus, floral and honeyed aromas and flavors. It’s a no brainer purchase to drink over the coming couple of years, although I’ve had plenty of delicious aged examples of this cuvée as well.