The wine :
The production of white wine at Beaucastel is limited as we only have 7 hectares planted in white vines. The main variety is Roussanne, which represents 80% of the blend.
The vintage :
An exceptional vintage spared by the drought. Traditional agriculture allowed a late harvest with very healthy grapes
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares of white varieties.
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
Handpicked in small cases, sorting of the grapes, pneumatic pressing, settling of the juice, fermentation (30% in oak barrels, 70% in tanks) for 8 months. Bottling after 8 months.
Roussanne : 80%
Grenache blanc : 15%
Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc : 5%
10°C in INAO glasses
Tasting notes :
Straw yellow colour, with gold overtones.
Discreet nose with apricots and dried citrus fruit.
The mouth reveals almonds and fresh butter and is very well balanced with great freshness.
This wine should be decanted before drinking or should be cellared and opened as early as 2015
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.
Wine Spectator, Note : 93/100, 2008-04-30
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.
Wine Advocate, Note : 90/100, 2007-02-01
Bottled in September, later than usual. Cough-medicinal hints. Rich and smooth and creamy. Should be great eventually.
Jancis Robinson, Note : 17/20, 2007-01-07