Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

2017
France
Rhône

50% Bourbolenc/50%Clairette. Eric has worked closely for many years with Jean Riché, the owner/farmer of these vines which lie 1 km. from the Rhône River. The site is flat and stony with cool, clay-based soils over limestone and harvested quite early to preserve freshness of fruit. The Bourbelenc and Clairette are bush-trained so that the leaves help shade the fruit from the hot sun. Harvest is by hand and on the early side. The fruit is direct-pressed in whole clusters; fermentation is in old barrel with native yeasts and without sulfur; aging is on the lees in barrel. Bottling is a year after harvest, with no fining or filtering and a minimal addition of sulfur. Tiny production.

93 points
"Éric Texier’s 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a fifty-fifty blend of clairette and bourblenc, as it has been for many years. These grapes are harvested on the early side to maintain freshness, are barrel-fermented and aged in old Burgundy casks for one year prior to bottling, without fining or filtration. The 2017 version is outstanding and now wide open in personality and drinking very well, offering up a complex nose of lemon peel, pear, a touch of hazelnut, gentle leesy tones, dried flowers, just a whisper of vanillin oak and a fine base of soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and beautifully deep at the core, with a fine foundation of soil, sound framing acids and impeccable balance on the long, zesty and refined finish. This is so nicely balanced that it may age longer than I anticipate, but it is drinking so well right now that I cannot see any compelling reason not to enjoy it right now! 2020-2027+?"
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB8944-17
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Clairette
Farming Type: 
Organic