Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2019
The white Clos des Papes consists of six different grape varieties. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Picpoul. Roussanne and Grenache Blanc bring a lot of density and sweetness. The wines are pressed completely as a whole grape over three hours and then fermented at 18-21 degrees over a long period of four weeks. The trick and joke: the earlier ripening varieties go into fermentation and then the juice of the variety that is then harvested is simply added to the ongoing fermentation process, which lasts for weeks, perhaps one of the secrets of class and longevity. The wine then remains on the lees until March, after which it is filtered. Avril never makes a malo, so the more intense malic acid is retained. The wines will then be filtered and even bottled in March, because Vincent definitely wants to preserve the acidity, otherwise the wine would be a bit too wide and fat due to the Roussanne and Grenache. So the balance is just better. Vineyard cultivation, like the red ones, is naturally biodynamic. The effort is exactly the same. The fermentation takes place spontaneously. The whole thing in this extremely high maturity gives an almost drop-like nose, reminiscent of ice cream. Lychee, pear, melon and again and again this dropiness, which also makes the wine aromatic and exciting, plus mint and a floral kick. Much more power in the mouth than usual with Clos des Papes, showing a lot of pressure. Massive in its structure, the wine is pressed directly, so there is no strong phenolicity from standing times, yet it has an incredible boost at Châteauneuf Blanc. The wine is so intense and at the same time so powerful, rich and lush. However, he is not fat, even if that sounds like it now. But it is overwhelming with its alcohol content, glycerin, strength, density and richness. This Clos des Papes needs 10 years, better 15 years in the cellar to get the best time to drink. A big white Châteauneuf du Pape that reminded me very much of the Châteauneuf this morning at Tardieu. White châteauneufs for a long, long life and late accessibility and harmony.