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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005

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

This shows a nice firm, stony underpinning that allows exotic fig, kiwi and mango notes to sit seamlessly on a bright, minerally spine. The long, well-structured finish shows a green plum note. Drink now through 2020. 1,750 cases made.

The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc, a blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% white Grenache fermented 80% in tank and 20% in barrel, has exuberant notes of honeysuckle, rose water, and hazelnuts. It is medium to full-bodied, rich, and certainly one of the finest of the white Chateauneuf du Papes.

Bottled in September, later than usual. Cough-medicinal hints. Rich and smooth and creamy. Should be great eventually.