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 :
A difficult vintage,
Heavy rain and cold weather during the harvest.
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 :
Orange colour with copper undertones.
The nose gives off mushrooms and toasted bread.
The mouth has come out of the oxidised phase and is now very round and elegant, with notes of mushrooms and great minerality
This wine has a lot of finesse and can be drunk now or kept.
The 1992 blanc exhibits a floral, honeyed bouquet and medium-bodied, firm, chewy flavors. It should drink well for 10-15 years. Last tasted 6/95.
Wine Advocate, Note : 89