2020 - Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Ch de Beaucastel
Colour
White
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache Blanc / Clairette
Drinking
2024 - 2036
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC CH DE BEAUCASTEL - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache Blanc / Clairette
Drinking
2024 - 2036
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £300.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    We love the alluring and complex nose of this Châteauneuf Blanc, this year comprising 80% Roussanne, supported by Grenache Blanc and a smattering of Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc. It vibrates with tightly coiled notes of white peach, honeysuckle, mandarin, and beeswax. The palate is silky and the balance flawless, thanks to a teasing acidity. The finish is long and mineral with delicious hints of hazelnut and almond.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2021,
    Score: 17

    Much more complex than the Coudoulet and a big step up in concentration. Ripe pears, spices. On the palate, nutty, creamy and embryonically complex. Soft and creamy, with a subtle but sufficient freshness on the finish and great length. The oak is subtle. Drink 2022-2025.

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, November 2021,
    Score: 94

    Looking at the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc, which is 80% Roussanne and the rest Grenache Blanc and Clairette, it has a rocking nose of apple blossom, melon, honeyed minerality, and spice as well as medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. It picks up a terrific green almond-like nuances with time in the glass, and it’s textured, balanced, and just another brilliant white from this team.

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Producer

Château de Beaucastel

Château de Beaucastel, the flagship estate of the Perrin family and masters on the Southern Rhône, makes benchmark Châteauneuf. The best vintages here can age into legendary wines, and an increasing tendency to elegance in the winemaking style of recent years has not gone unnoticed. The Beaucastel vines are all in one large 110 hectare block at the northern end of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The plot contains all the archetypal soil types of the region: sand, clay and limestone, with pudding stone pebbles on the surface. Their Coudoulet vines lie just beyond the northern boundary and convey much of the typicity of a Châteauneuf in a more accessible format. The estate famously grows all thirteen varieties permitted within the Châteauneuf appellation. Beyond the Beaucastel estate, the Perrin family have built up a comprehensive portfolio of wines across the Southern Rhône appellations including Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Vinsobres.

Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

The emperor of southern Rhône appellations, Châteauneuf du Pape was the first A.O.C. in all of France, created in 1936. Their bottle is unique embossed with the papal coat of arms. Thirteen varieties (14 if Grenache Blanc is counted separately) can be incorporated in the blend. The reds include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Picpoul, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, while the whites are Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Only a handful of producers use all 13, Grenache often being the highest percentage of the blend. This enables each producer to highlight the varieties that are the ripest and most interesting in any given year. Most Châteauneuf du Pâpes are master examples of wines that can be approachable within the first few years of release yet able to develop superb complexity during many years of cellaring.