This miniscule production white Chateauneuf du Pape is usually made up of six varieties, in approximately equal shares. Grenache, Roussanne , Clairette, Picardin, Bourboulenc and Picpoul which are fermented together resulting in a stunning kaleidoscope of aromatics from white flowers to orchard fruit, notes of fennel, pear, and grapefruit. Firm acidity stitches this cloth into top couture.
Pale gold. Intense honeydew, Meyer lemon, pear nectar and toasted brioche aromas on the mineral-accent nose. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering densely packed, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a suggestion of gingery spices. Shows superb energy and mineral bite on the clinging finish, which features a sexy floral quality and repeating minerality. Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
A lovely acacia note leads the way here, with additional accents of honeysuckle, Key lime, white peach and mirabelle plum following quickly. The very bright, racy, mineral-fueled finish sets this apart from the pack, with a long honeysuckle echo. Should age well. Drink now through 2027. 1,000 cases made. James Molesworth - Wine Spectator
I always find the white from this terrific estate to be near the top of the hierarchy in terms of quality, yet it’s made in a very different style than the likes of Beaucastel’s Blanc or the old vine Clairette from St. Prefert (or the whites from Vaudieu), and is more fresh, crisp and pure. Even from a hot vintage, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc offers a beautiful crispness as well as terrific aromatics of caramelized citrus, spice and apple core. Clean, vibrant and yet also concentrated, it’s certainly enjoyable today, yet won’t hit maturity until 7-8 years and will keep for a decade or more after that. - Jeb Dunnuck