Château de Beaucastel Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2005

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

"Powerful, with lush layers of mango, papaya and fig, but it's all kept bright and pure, with additional stone fruit, mineral and salted butter notes underneath. The superlong finish just lets the power and grace hang together beautifully. "

"The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is a knock-out wine in this vintage, 100% Roussanne from very old vines with 50% of it kept in tank and 50% barrel-fermented and the blend done prior to bottling. The wine has fabulous intensity, a big, sweet nose of exotic fruit, fig, marmalade, and honeysuckle, huge body, decent acidity, and an unctuous palate. It is a gorgeous wine to drink over 3-4 years or assume the risk that it is going to rebound in 10-12 years, which it most frequently does. "