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Beaucastel Roussanne Vielle Vignes 6/750 2017

This is the great white wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape that gifted part of the Rhone between Orange and Avignon. The Chateau de Beaucastel white "Vieilles Vignes" (old vines) comes from a small parcel only 7 acres in size where the old vines are at least 75 years old. With its roots stretching into miocene marine molasses overlaid with alpine diluvium (formed by round pebbles – or "galets") this 100% Roussanne is hand-picked and gently handled throughout harvest. Fermentation takes place 50% in barrels and 50% in stainless steel vats, followed by malo-lactic fermentation, and maturation for eight months, with 50% in oak barrels and 50% in vats, prior to bottling. Celebrated year after year, this is marked by its telltale aromas of acacia flowers and honey with a very rich, honeyed palate that is as fine as Roussanne comes.

Expert Review

95 Wine Advocate #191 Oct 2010The 2008 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes has opened considerably since I tasted it last year. Superb notes of orange marmalade, candle wax, rosewater, tropical fruit, spice and peachy/apricot jam emerge from this stunning white wine. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years.

Food Pairings

Chicken and game hens. Smoked fish and cured meats. Cheesy risotto or pasta. Grilled vegetables; beans, asparagus.

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage

Sunfish Cellars
Lilydale
651-552-5955

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