Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2012

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

Pale gold. Ripe peach and pear aromas are complicated by a smoky nuance and a suggestion of orange zest. Supple, spicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and pit fruit flavors and a touch of anise.

A floral, open style, with honeysuckle and orange blossom notes leading the way, backed by an enticing core of white peach flavors. A flicker of talc adds length on the pure finish.

Moving to the Château De Beaucastel releases, the 2012 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc comes from a cool, windswept vineyard located just to the north of Beaucastel. A blend of close to equal parts Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Viognier, with a splash of Clairette, that’s aged partially in stainless steel and partially in barrel, it offers up a pretty, fresh array of white peach and stone fruits, white flower and hints of minerality. This gives way to a medium-bodied, supple and delicious effort that will drink nicely for 3-4 years, if not longer.

Herbal and broom-scented. A little loose textured, pretty full bodied and slightly sweet with a warm finish. Powerful.