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 :
Very Difficult Vintage,
Very heavy rain and a cold weather during the harvest
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares of white varieties.
Molasse sea bed 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).
During 8 months (30% in oak barrels, 70% in tanks). Bottling after 8 months.
Roussanne : 80%
Grenache blanc : 15%
Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc : 5%
10°C in INAO glasses
Tasting notes :
The colour is golden yellow with bright undertones.
The nose is fresh on honey, garrigue and gunpowder.
The mouth is complex and fresh. The acidity is there but we can recognise the terroir with notes of under-wood and vegetal notes.
This is a round and fragrant wine with complexity and depth that can be enjoyed now.
Soft and fleshy. The ripe pear and honey flavors are modestly proportioned, but they stay with you through the finish.
Wine Spectator, 1993-04-15