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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Beaurenard_CDP-Blanc_100.jpgWinery: Beaurenard
Rhone - Sud (Southern Rhone)
Chateauneuf du Pape, France
Appellation:  Chateauneuf du Pape
Designation: AOC

Site: A rare product, because white wines only make up seven per cent of the AOC’s output. To acquire delicacy, fruit, balance and harmony, it’s grown in sandy, blonde soil. (Yields are low : 35 hl/Ha).

Grapes: A true “blanc de blancs”, i.e. produced with white grapes only: 30% Clairette, for floral aromas and finesse; 20% Grenache Blanc, for structure and creaminess; 25% Bourboulenc, which provides precious acidity to give a desirably nervy style; 22% Roussane, a highly aromatic variety (apricots especially) and 3% Picpoul and Picardan.

Fermentation and Aging: Harvested entirely by hand. Low-pressure pressing, fermented in termperature controlled environment. Preserved on fine lees for several months before bottling. No malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine is then aged in vats and in barrels (10-20%), followed by early bottling (five to six month after the harvest) to capture its fruit and lively personality.

Notes: Powerful and fresh, no heaviness, with balance and purity. This is an unforgettable wine.