2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine des Sénéchaux, Rhône

2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine des Sénéchaux, Rhône

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2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine des Sénéchaux, Rhône

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Description

There are only 2,000 bottles of this wine, made from 32% Roussanne, 31% Clairette, 28% Grenache Blanc and 9% Bourboulenc. The Roussanne is barrel-fermented, as was a little Clairette, and three-quarters of it is aged six months in second-year barrels. There are appealing white flowers on the nose. The palate is rich with butterscotch and manuka honey, finishing with pithy citrus skin textures.

Drink 2024 - 2030

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

32% Roussanne, 31% Grenache Blanc, 28% Clairette, 9% Bourboulenc. Macerated and vinified in old oak barrels (22%) and stainless-steel tanks (78%). 22% was aged in old oak barrels for six months, 78% in stainless-steel tanks for eight months.

Tasted blind. Honeyed pears and anise notes on the nose. Full and ripe, with a very sweet feel to the attack. Huge intensity and moderate acidity. Layered and opulent finish. Full throttle!

Drink 2027 - 2038

Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (October 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck92/100

Ripe pears, honeyed orange, and some subtle toasty nuances all emerge from Senechaux's 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc, a medium-bodied, ripe, layered, textured white that holds onto a terrific sense of freshness and purity. Drink this outstanding white over the coming 2-4 years. I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it have an interesting evolution beyond that as well.

Drink 2023 - 2027

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (October 2023)

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Vinous91-93/100

The 2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc briefly ages in a combination of old oak barriques and stainless steel tanks. This white 2022 displays fragrant orange blossom, honeysuckle, peardrops, lemon zest, pineapple, pastry and a pinch of honey. It is full-bodied, rich and loaded with juicy fruit. Finishing long and persistent, this is a solid effort from the Cazes family, who also own Château Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Nicolas Greinacher, Vinous.com (April 2023)

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About this WINE

Domaine des Senechaux

Domaine des Senechaux

Domaine des Sénéchaux is an excellent example of how a large concern – in this case the Cazes family of Château Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux – should manage its purchase by investing as and where necessary. They have done this without forsaking the historical essence of the domaine, personified by longstanding régisseur Bernard Tranchecoste. Domaine des Sénéchaux dates from the 14th century, making it one of the oldest wineries of the region. It spans 26 hectares across Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 23 of which are planted with red varieties, the remainder white. Their main holdings are on the south-westerly slopes of the Bois Sénéchaux, just to the east of the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here, some of their Grenache vines are as old as 90 years old. Production remains very traditional, and they retain a simple two-wine offering. Largely, grapes are de-stalked and new oak is avoided in favour of concrete, foudres and second-use Bordeaux (Lynch Bages) barrels.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Roussanne

Roussanne

Roussanne is one of the most important white grape varieties in the Rhône Valley. It is a particularly pernickety grape to cultivate being a notoriously low yielder as well as being highly susceptible to rot. It is difficult to ripen, and seemingly prone to oxidation at every opportunity. Roussanne's name comes from its russet-coloured skin and it produces richly aromatic wines, often with fruit characteristics of lime and blossom.

In the northern Rhône it is typically blended with Marsanne to produce the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and St-Péray. Generally Marsanne is the dominant partner and it lends colour, body and weight to the blend, as well as richly scented fruit, while Roussanne contributes bouquet, delicacy and finesse.

It is grown less extensively in the southern Rhône although it is one of the permitted varieties in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. There are plantings of Roussanne in the Languedoc and Rousillon and in the last decade the grape have been cultivated with particular success in California, where it is produced both as a single varietal and as a component of Rhône-style blends.

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