Price:  £31.50 | Case Rate: £29.92
Ex Tax: £26.25

Domaine de Beaurenard - Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2017/2018

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Southern Rhône
  • Grape: Clairette Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 30% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc, 22% Roussane, 3% Picpoul and Picardan.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.00
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2016) VS: 90 (2015) JR: 15.5 (2012) WS: 94 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

This is a blanc de blancs, i.e. produced with white grapes only: 30% Clairette, for floral aromas and finesse; 20% Grenache Blanc, for structure and creaminess; 25% Bourboulenc, which provides precious acidity to give a desirably nervy style; 22% Roussane, a highly aromatic variety (apricots especially) and 3% Picpoul and Picardan. Expressive and well-balanced. A bouquet of floral and exotic fruit aromas, with a mineral streak. On the palate, the same aromas of white flowers (hawthorn, acacia), fruity (pineapple and nice juicy locally-grown pears), a hint of aniseed, and appealing minerality courtesy of our fine soils. Ample mouthfeel and very well-balanced; hugely enjoyable when young, but can also be aged for a few years and really wow the buffs.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)89 pts

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc presents contrasting sensations. It's floral and tropical on the nose yet reserved and austere on the palate. It includes six white grape varieties, although Picpoul Blanc and Picardan together account for only 3% of the blend. A portion of the wine is barrel-fermented, showing up as hints of pencil shavings on the crisp finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)90 pts

Bright yellow. Energetic Meyer lemon, pear, nectarine and mineral scents are complemented by deeper notes of sweet butter and honey. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors are sharpened by a jolt of dusty minerality that adds tension and back-end lift. Finishes juicy and smooth, offering resonating floral and mineral notes and very good persistence. -- Josh Raynolds

JancisRobinson.com (2012)15.5 pts

Tasted Nov 2013 - Mid to deep gold. Lacks a bit of freshness. Very sweet and syrupy. Then tight on the end. But not very fine. Too sweet.

Wine Spectator (2016)94 pts

Delicious pear, green apple and green melon flavors show both a creamy and a racy feel, while light meringue, acacia and honeysuckle notes fill in through the finish. Thoroughly delicious. Drink now through 2022