Château de beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1998

Story

The vintage
An exceptional vintage.
A very hot summer, great weather conditions until the end of the harvest.
Description
The production of white wine at Beaucastel is limited as we only have 7 hectares planted in white vines. The main variety is Roussanne, which represents 80% of the blend.
Situation
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares of white varieties.
Terroir
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
Process
Handpicked in small cases, sorting of the grapes, pneumatic pressing, settling of the juice, fermentation (30% in oak barrels, 70% in tanks) for 8 months. Bottling after 8 months.
Varietals
Roussanne : 80%
Grenache blanc : 15%
Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc : 5%

Advice

Tasting notes
Beautiful golden yellow colour.
The nose is mineral with notes of white flowers, honey and marmalade.
The mouth is round and rich in yellow fruits (peaches and apricots) followed by notes of salted caramel butter and a slightly salty finish.

Serving
10°C in INAO glasses

Reviews

"wonderful ripe fruit, showing pear, citrus, honey and quince in a fat package. A lemony finish keeps things fresh."
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"Best damn white wine I've ever had! Old and complex. Rich flavours and aromas bit still light and refreshing." [+]
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