Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2020

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

"Looking at the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc, which is 80% Roussanne and the rest Grenache Blanc and Clairette, it has a rocking nose of apple blossom, melon, honeyed minerality, and spice as well as medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. It picks up a terrific green almond-like nuances with time in the glass, and it’s textured, balanced, and just another brilliant white from this team."

"Closed for now, with apricot and a touch of crème anglaise. Full-bodied but not massive, this has plenty of tension that keeps things neat, a shining beam of acidity running through it. Real length and intensity here, it's remarkably saline this year, displaying great power and balance. 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc and Clairette, 10% Piquepoul Blanc, Picardan and Bourboulenc. Part of the blend was matured in two and three-year-old barriques for one year."

"You could almost mistake this very sophisticated and elegant white Chateauneuf for a white Burgundy if it wasn't for the pronounced fresh-apricot note. This is ripe and fleshy, but in a refined way, the acidity at the finish is supple, but it remains very clean and straight. A blend of Roussanne with a small amount of grenache blanc. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold."

"Beaucastel's 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is 80% Roussanne (half in new oak and half in second-use wood) and 20% other permitted varieties (made in stainless steel). Honeyed pear and pineapple notes dominate the nose, while the palate is full-bodied rich and luscious, yet remains vibrant, refreshing and long on the finish. I find it delicious now and don't see any need to age it, although it will undoubtedly hold together for several years."

"Beautifully rendered, with a pure display of white peach, Cavaillon melon and mirabelle notes gilded from start to finish with honeysuckle and acacia. Pretty wet stone note gives the finish spine as the fruit and floral notes linger prettily. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Drink now through 2027."