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 cold winter, a cool harvest period and great conditions until the end.
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 :
Dark yellow, nearly orange in colour.
The nose is metallic and the mouth has notes of copper.
This wine is in its oxidative phase and should not be opened until further notice.
Thick and showy, but this one pulls it off. Honey, butter, marzipan and toasted bread. Everything about this wine is big--big in body and big in flavor. Gold-colored. Expansive finish. Best from 2002 through 2010. 1,080 cases made.
Wine Spectator, Note : 90/100, 2000-11-30
Readers seeking white Beaucastels for long-term aging should check out the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape. It offers a sensational bouquet, but its acid profile results in more delineation as well as greater potential for longevity. Full, concentrated, and layered, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
Wine Advocate, Note : 95/100, 2001-12-01