The vintage :
A hot summer with a cold harvest period and a very small harvest
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.
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.
Grenache Blanc : 15%
Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc : 5%
Roussanne : 80%
Tasting notes :
Dark yellow in colour.
Mouth is also oxidised with notes of copper.
This wine is still in the oxidative period and must not be opened.
10°C in INAO glasses
The 1994 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is more honeyed and richer than the 1995. It is full-bodied and intense, with gobs of honeyed cherry-like fruit. Structured yet dense, it is a formidable example of Beaucastel's white wine. It will age for 10-15 or more years.
Wine Advocate, Note : 93/100, 1996-08-01