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.
A very hot and dry summer, good weather conditions until the end of 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
The 1995 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc (80% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc, and 5% various other white wine varietals) sees 25% small oak casks. It is a rich, dense, opulently-styled wine with copious quantities of honeyed fruit, considerable power, and a rose petal/honeyed richness with a touch of toast and spice. Drink this long, delicious, thick Beaucastel over the next few years before it closes down. It will age for 10-15 or more years.
Wine Advocate, Note : 90-91/100, 1996-08-01