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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2015

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

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.

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.