One of the whites of the vintage is the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc, a gorgeous, rich, layered effort that stays perfectly balanced and pure. Classic notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, and ample minerality all give way to a medium to full-bodied white that has loads of texture, good freshness, and a great finish. This is a brilliant Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc that makes a mockery of so many of the overly lean, fresh, so called elegant whites being produced today.
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 80% Clairette and 20% Roussanne, all barrel-fermented and aged in 30% new oak (briefly, as the wine was bottled in January). It features scents of honey, marmalade and delicate hints of peach and pineapple. Medium-bodied, it's silky in texture, with brine and citrus zest on the finish. Isabel Ferrando deserves enormous credit for raising the quality and image of this estate. In many ways, she epitomizes the wines she crafts, showing great generosity and elegance on the outside, while possessing a strong will and great ambition. The 2018 vintage wasn't an easy one here, with crop losses reaching 50%. The highlight for me of this year's visit was a chance to look back at a couple of the wines from 2009. There's no doubt in my mind that the wines Ferrando is making now surpass what she was doing at that time, and she seems to agree. "In ten years, I've progressed. My sensitivity to the terroir is much more now," she said. (JC)
This has attractively fresh pear and green-melon aromas and flavors with a sleek, smooth and fresh palate. Drink now.
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