Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Chateau de Beaucastel 2018
This Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is always 80% Roussanne, the rest are Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpul, Picardan and a little bit of Grenache Blanc. There is a plot in these 80 hectares of Beaucastel where all white people stand together. It is a little bit sandy here than in the rest to give even finer wines. All whole grapes are left in the press for about 2-3 hours before pressing to have a little skin contact. Then it is pressed and the unfiltered juice goes into the big bowl, where spontaneous fermentation takes place. Then 50% transfer to the new barrique and 50% to 1-2 year old barriques. Batonnage is carried out all the time, the wines remained in the barrel for only half a year in 2018. 2018 is a year of high losses, here too on Beaucastel, around 70% of the amount was missing due to the mildew. But what was left is pure world class, red and white. Very fragrant nose, of course Roussanne is the dominant, very playful with profound, thick apricot, white and red currant. The surprising thing about this white Châteauneuf is its incredible freshness, the high concentration in the nose, there is nothing oppressive, hardly any wood. The wine was in 2018 for its richness, only less than half a year in barrels. Cesar, the field manager responsible, then clarified me and said that Beaucastel is located on the northern edge of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, it is almost exclusively flat areas that face the mistral direction, there is a lot of wind here. Beaucastel is much cooler than almost all other vineyards in Châteauneuf. The grapes are just not cooked so much here, which makes the wines so much more elegant. And for many, many years this château has focused on elegance and not on strength. The nose shows crushed apricot kernels, fine but juicy quince, apricot, not so ripe reindeer. A very chic nose, not at all the heaviness that some white wines from Châteauneuf can have, but rather a great playfulness. A kind of wine as we know it from Gourt de Mautens. White wine from the Rhône can be so great if the parameters are right. Great density in the mouth, immense draw, long back out with high concentration and very surprising freshness. This salty minerality is the magic word, the key experience. A great chateauneuf blanc.