Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vallée du Rhône, France

Just sensational, and one of the best examples of this cuvée out there, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc boasts phenomenal notes of orange blossom, salty minerality, caramelized peach, and spice. Rich, full-bodied, unctuous and yet always pure and elegant, it’s one of the finest white coming from this hallowed appellation.

Rich and fulsome aromatics, with oak supporting rather than subsuming, adding a lick of spice to the fresh pear scents. Full-bodied, but only just for a white Châteauneuf. Lovely freshness, keen and mineral. Really well done this year, showing no signs of heaviness.