Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2003

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

Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025. 15,000 cases made

The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc exhibits plenty of orange liqueur notes with hints of rose petals and tropical fruits. It has more freshness, but the wine’s light golden color and somewhat evolved, mature style suggests it should be drunk over the next 2-3 years – no later.