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Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2016

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2016

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"Limpid gold. An impressively complex, mineral-tinged bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, toasted brioche, white flowers and honey, and hints of fennel and honey emerge with air. Shows superb delineation and powerful thrust on the palate, offering ripe orange, pear, melon, sweet butter and anise flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Powerful yet graceful in character, displaying excellent delineation and spicy cut on an extremely long, floral-accented finish that leaves a sappy pear nectar note behind. Cellar this one with complete confidence. Drink: 2025-2034. 96 points

This iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate has long produced the region’s most iconic white wine, the highly complex and eminently cellar-worthy and collectible Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. The attention lavished on that great bottling has, I think, sometimes distracted attention away from the Perrin family’s outstanding “basic” white bottling, which must be counted among the best of the region. That’s especially the case over the last decade as the percentage of Roussanne in the blend has been steadily increasing, to the point where the 2016 version is based on 80% of the variety, with adjuncts of 15% Grenache Blanc and bits of Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picardan, Marc Perrin told me."

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/18)