The wine :
Considered as one of the greatest white wines in France, only 6000 bottles of this wine are produced. It's made with 100% very old Roussanne vines and harvested slightly over ripe. This exceptional wine must be drunk within 3 years or after 15 years. To be enjoyed with gastronomic cuisine.
The vintage :
A great vintage,
this year is characterized by the contrast between an extremely hot July and a very cool August.
September experienced heat during the first half with two rainfalls. They did not hurt the quality of the vintage and we were able to harvest late with the beautiful Indian summer which lasted until mid-October.
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares planted in white varieties.
Molasse sea bed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
The grapes are hand picked in small cases and sorted, pneumatically pressed, settling of the juices and fermentation (30% in oak, 70% tanks). Bottled after 8 months.
Roussanne : 100%
14°C in tasting glasses.
Tasting notes :
Straw gold colour, with yellow gold tones.
Intense, the nose is ripe with yellow peaches, jasmine, sweet spices and honey
The mouth is round and full bodied, showing great volume and freshness from its mineral finish.
A concentrated wine showing great balance from a great white wine vintage.
Pairing: scallops, prawns, langoustines, Lobster, sea bass in salt crust and olive oil.
Has a gorgeous texture, with creamy notes of fresh sweetened butter, warm brioche, fig, anise, fennel and melon. The long finish has a great minerally spine and a lingering hint of persimmon. Very well-integrated already, but there's a lot in reserve. This offers hedonism now, or more elegance with age.
Wine spectator, 2008-04-30
Still very youthful and dumb on the nose at the moment but with lots of extract and great roundness on the palate. Lovely texture though a slightly bitter note on the finish at the end of 2007. Extremely rich underneath.
Jancis Robinson, Note : 18.5/20, 2008-01-03
Wine advocate , Note : 98/100