Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Roussanne Vielles Vignes’ 2017
We spent one week in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for the Les Printemps de Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018. Our week was filled with the festival, judging a competition, and a few producer visits. The last winery on our agenda was the legendary
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Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Roussanne Vielles Vignes’ 2017
We spent one week in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for the Les Printemps de Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018. Our week was filled with the festival, judging a competition, and a few producer visits. The last winery on our agenda was the legendary Château de Beaucastel.
This estate produces some of the most sought after wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It took a little bit of persistence but we finally got an appointment at the estate. The property sits in the northeast corner of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC. The interior is impeccably clean and reminds us of a Portuguese Quinta.
After the short tour, we sat down to taste several vintages of the Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds and the whites. Charine is a huge fan of the white grape Roussanne, which is why we were excited taste the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (80% Roussanne) and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Roussanne Vielles Vignes’ (100% Roussanne from old vines). Both wines lived up to their billing. After tasting the latter, Charine has been hellbent on trying to find another top-notch Roussanne but I doubt we will be able to top the Château de Beaucastel ‘Roussanne Vielles Vignes’.
You know the Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Roussanne Vielles Vignes’ 2017 is the real deal on first smell. The nose is complex and serious. The wine has a deep, golden color. The flavors are bold and explode on the palate, consisting of yellow peach, flint, vanilla, honey. This is a full-bodied white wine with a rich, gritty texture and a long, mineral finish. This classic from Château de Beaucastel is highly structured, masterfully crafted, and is built to last.
This is a wine for connoisseurs who have a cellar, patience, and cash on hand. It’s a white that can stand toe-to-toe with great whites around the world.
Score: 97/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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