Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1996

Story

The vintage
A good vintage
A cold year and 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
A beautiful golden yellow colour.
The nose is elegant and sweet of quince fruit and honey.
The mouth has good minerality and acidity with notes of walnuts.

You can start drinking this wine or keep it for a few more years.
Serving
10°C in INAO glasses