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Château de Beaucastel Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2006

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

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.

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.

Roussanne 2007: