Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2016

Presentation

The vintage
The 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhone valley is exceptional, both in terms of quality and quantity, thanks to idyllic weather conditions that protected the region from climatic accidents throughout the whole year.
Description
Considered as one of the greatest white wines in France, only 6000 bottles of this wine are produced. It's made with 100% very old Roussanne vines and harvested slightly over ripe. This exceptional wine must be drunk within 3 years or after 15 years. To be enjoyed with gastronomic cuisine.
Situation
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares planted with white varieties.


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Terroir
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
Process
The grapes are hand picked in small cases and sorted, pneumatically pressed. Settling of the juices and fermentation (30% in oak, 70% tanks). Bottled after 8 months.
Grapes
Roussanne : 100%

Tasting advices

Tasting
With its deep mimosa yellow colour, this Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2016 presents an intense nose with notes of acacia and beeswax. The palate is soft, full-bodied, with honeyed aromas and an infinite length. A great vintage.
Service
14° in tasting glasses.

Reviews and Awards

Note: 100/100
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Also bottled two weeks ago, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is utterly killer and is as good as it gets. Huge notes of orange blossom, peach, tangerine, honeysuckle, and caramelized citrus flow from this insanely good, unctuous, heavenly textured white that possesses full-bodied richness and power, yet stays light, graceful and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 4-6 years, or cellar for a decade or more. Robert Parker once famously called this the Montrachet of the Rhône, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Don’t miss this wine!
Note: 19/20
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