AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2008

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vallée du Rhône, France

"Mid straw/pale gold. Honey, putty and interest on the nose. Lots of acidity and spritz. Very charming and competent. Rather sprightlier than most white Châteauneuf. Quite persistent."

"A creamy texture belies the fresh, well-embedded acidity that lets the mango, papaya, macadamia nut, fresh butter and honeysuckle notes to play out on the long, beguiling finish. Gorgeous. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Clairette."

"The 2008 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc (80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc vinified in tank and wood) had its malolactic blocked so the wine’s stability and ageworthiness are more consistent than in the past. This beauty may be the finest dry white of the vintage. Aromas of nectarines, orange marmalade, rose petals, quince and buttered tropical fruits are offered in a medium to full-bodied format with lots of freshness and acidity."