Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2007

Infos

Le millésime
Grand millésime par excellence marqué par des journées chaudes et des nuits fraiches.
Les vins allient une matière magnifique et un équilibre parfait. Les tanins garantissent au vin un potentiel de garde important. De grands vins à mettre en cave.
Description
La production de vins blancs au Château de Beaucastel est limitée, puisque seuls 7 hectares y sont consacrés. Le cépage roi est chez nous la roussane, qui représente 80% de ce vin.
Situation
Le Château de Beaucastel dispose d’un vignoble de 7 hectares planté en cépages blancs.
Terroir
Molasse marine de miocène recouvert par un diluvium alpin (cailloux roulés).
Elaboration
Vendange manuelle, tri de la vendange, ramassage en caisse, pressurage pneumatique, débourbage, fermentation (30% en pièce, 70% en cuve).
Élevage pendant 8 mois (30% en pièce, 70% en cuve). Mise en bouteille après huit mois.
Cépages
Roussanne : 80%
Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc : 5%
Grenache Blanc : 15%

Conseils

Dégustation
Belle couleur jaune dorée.
Au nez, on trouve immédiatement la minéralité ; des notes de fleurs blanches, le miel, la marmelade.
La bouche est ronde et ample, sur les fruits jaunes (pêche, abricot) puis des notes de caramel au beurre salé et un coté iodé.
La finale est souple, longue et très harmonieuse.
Service
10°C dans verres type INAO.

Avis

"80% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc, 5% Clairette, Marsanne and others. The Rousanne vines are all over 50 years old. Lush ripeness with hints of tropicality on the nose. Impressive weight and depth with an almost creamy texture and with a vibrant acidity which lifts the palate. Profound."
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9,5/10
"Light gold in color, this wine has a phenomenal nose of green olives, dried orange rind, and acacia honey. In the mouth, the wine's satin texture and weighty presence on the tongue bring to mind the voluptuous curves and invisible brush strokes of nudes in Botticelli paintings. Flavors of orange zest, lemon curd, dried mango and dried pineapple swirl amidst a bright acidity and deep resonant minerality that leans towards the saline end of the spectrum. Both rich as well as light on its feet, this is a wine that begs to be swallowed, especially as it lingers for a long while after the fact. Outstanding.

Food Pairing:
This is one of the world's most versatile food wines, and will match well with many things. I would love to drink it while eating some spice rubbed grilled quail and figs.
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17.5/20
"Mainly Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Delicate citrus aroma, becoming bolder and richer on the palate. Dense but elegant. Notes of orange and some pear graininess. Dry, lively and long. (Went very well with Morecombe Bay potted shrimps.) (JH)"
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95/100
"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is even better. Meriting the same rating as I gave it last year, it is a delicious, beautifully textured, light gold-colored white revealing plenty of white peach, apricot, nectarine, and honeysuckle notes as well as a distinctive florality and minerality. More honeyed and fuller-bodied than its 2008 counterpart, it should drink beautifully for 7-8 years, then go into an oxidative state. It is somewhat of a gamble as to what will happen thereafter. "
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18/20
"Parfait nez de miel d'acacia, grande finesse de texture, suavité et fraîcheur splendides, allonge remarquable : un vin éblouissant."
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93/100
"Very ripe, but pure and well-defined, with lush mango, dried pineapple, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes, all laced with heather honey and brioche hints. The long, creamy finish lets a stony note ripple through. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made."
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