Favourite Rhône - White
A simply brilliant wine made from 80 year-old Roussanne vines. Exotic
fruit, minerality and voluptuous texture all combine in a sensational tasting
experience. The wine is brilliant young, in its first 3-4 years, but then
closes up, only to re-open 15 years later in an even more complex vein. Hailed
as perhaps the greatest white wine of the entire Rhone valley.
(Alun Griffiths MW, Wine Director)Château de Beaucastel
Arguably the best white wine in the Southern Rhône, some say the whole of
the Rhône Valley, this is an extraordinary achievement, to either be
enjoyed indulgently in its first five years or left in the cellar for over a
decade. Mandarin, quince, honeycomb and wax all vie for attention; all
beautifully integrated, needless to say, in a sonata of unrivalled purity.
(Simon Field MW, Berrys’ Rhône Buyer)Château de Beaucastel
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vielles Vignes blanc delivers a wine that is
almost off the charts in terms of intensity. Gorgeously rich aromas of roasted
raisins, white currants, lychee nuts, exotic fruits, brioche, and spice soar
from the glass of this decadently rich, luxuriously concentrated, fabulous dry
white. Who can ignore it for the next 3-4 years? It is difficult to find a
better white Chateauneuf du Pape than Beaucastel. Much like their reds, their
whites are made in a style that is atypical for the appellation; full
malolactic, and one-third barrel fermented, two-thirds aged in tank.
Extraordinarily rich and honeyed, it is ideal for drinking with intensely
flavored culinary dishes.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 08)