Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Spéciale Vieilles Clairettes


Bottled exclusively in magnum.

Ferrando began to make this wine in 2009 after sharing a bottle of 1947 Bonneau at a family meal with the Bonneau and Ferrando families. The bottle of 1947 was the last bottle that Henri Bonneau had that his father had made and it was a bottle of Vieilles Clairettes. The bottle was extraordinary and the next day Bonneau told Ferrando that she had the ability to make a wine of this quality from the rare, old-vine, pink clairette that is co-planted in her vineyards. The first year, Bonneau helped to do the vinification. The wine was very gently pressed and aged for 18 months in one new large barrel. Bonneau recommended to bottle in magnum because there is not enough for everyone, so when it’s opened, it’s for a special occasion. To this day, Ferrando's tradition is to always give the first bottle each vintage to the Bonneau family. Normally, only one 600 liter barrel is made per year.

100% Clairette Rose from 80-100 year-old vines in the Serres lieu-dit. Very low yields of 15hl/ha. Fermented and aged in a new barrel. Bottled without filtration. 

98 points
"This cuvée has quickly jumped to the top of the hierarchy in Châteauneuf du Pape Blancs, and it’s a world-class white that’s as good as anything out there. The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Speciale Vieilles Clairettes offers a light gold hue as well as a captivating nose of lemon curd, white flowers, toasted brioche, and honeysuckle. This carries to rich, powerful, medium to full-bodied white that has flawless balance, a terrific sense of freshness, and a great finish. It’s one of those great wines that possesses power and richness with no sensation of weight or heaviness, and it’s lip smacking finish keeps you coming back to the glass. This is a true gem of a 2018 Southern Rhône to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve even longer."
Jeb Dunnuck
, October 2020
93-95 points
"Old-vine Clairette, fermented and aged in new demi-muids, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee Speciale is another fine vintage for this wine, which has become one of the most highly regarded and sought-after white CdPs. Toasty and rich, it offers up scents of peach and honey more akin to white Burgundy than most Burg-heads would like to admit. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with a silky texture and a long, vibrant finish."
Joe Czerwinski,
Wine Advocate
, September 2020

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