2011 Château Beaucastel "Vieilles Vignes" Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Beaucastel 2011 Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is another remarkable wine. Think of it as the 2010 with more minerality and precision. It has astonishing richness and length as well as massive body with great acidity. Drink it over the next 5-8 years.
Dense, with creamy layers of pear, apple, green plum and acacia honey all carried by well-embedded acidity. The long finish lets salted butter, chamomile and macadamia nut flavors unfurl nicely, but there's still plenty in reserve for cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2020.
Very sumptuous nose. Naughtily, I think it puts me in mind of Giaconda’s Roussanne! Floral, broad, lifted. Tastes quite sweet. With an impressive undertow. And quite a bit of alcohol. This will surely develop in bottle. A little chewy on the end.