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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2000

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

The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc exhibits classic notes of honeyed nuts, butter, orange marmalade, rose water, and acacia flowers. Full-bodied, concentrated, and unctuous, it will drink well for 5-12 years.

Full-bodied white, picked in a late-harvest mode, giving a lot of fig, tropical, ripe fruit character, but never veering toward heavy, staying clean and fresh, with lemon and pear, especially on the finish. Impressive. Drink now through 2010. 2,330 cases made.