Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1999

Story

The vintage
An exceptional vintage,
A very cold winter, a cool harvest period and great conditions until the end.
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
Dark yellow, nearly orange in colour.
The nose is metallic and the mouth has notes of copper.

This wine is in its oxidative phase and should not be opened until further notice.
Serving
10°C in INAO glasses

Reviews

90/100
" Thick and showy, but this one pulls it off. Honey, butter, marzipan and toasted bread. Everything about this wine is big--big in body and big in flavor. Gold-colored. Expansive finish. Best from 2002 through 2010. 1,080 cases made."
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95/100
"Readers seeking white Beaucastels for long-term aging should check out the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape. It offers a sensational bouquet, but its acid profile results in more delineation as well as greater potential for longevity. Full, concentrated, and layered, it will drink well for 10-15 years. "
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