2004 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc is outrageously good, one of the finest examples they have made over recent vintages. I retasted it and it has jumped in stature and score considerably. It is a beauty, with formidable richness, loads of honeysuckle, litchi, and buttery grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruits in a full-bodied, well-delineated style with terrific acidity and definition. It should drink well for a decade or more.
Rich and creamy, with an array of floral, tropical fruit and mineral notes that race through a long, stony finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, pale gold. Exotic, almost tropical aromas of orange, tangerine, white peach and jasmine. Lush and thick on the palate, with the orange flavor gaining weight and turning creamy with aeration. Intensely mineral on the back, finishing with an almost salty tone.
Very broad and opulent on the nose. Wonderful layers of flavour -- one of the fattest Roussannes I have come across. Real wild edges and potential. Very deep flavoured indeed with the oak beautifully managed (ie invisible). 80% Roussanne with Grenache Blanc, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Clairette. 20% in small oak. 18/20 points.