2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Revealing a touch of darker gold in its color, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is another blockbuster that continues to shine every time I've opened a bottle. Ripe, decadent and supple, it has boatloads of honeycomb, caramelized citrus, brioche and ripe tropical fruits to go with a gorgeously textured feel on the palate. (JD)
Very ripe, but pure and well-defined, with lush mango, dried pineapple, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes, all laced with heather honey and brioche hints. The long, creamy finish lets a stony note ripple through. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Ripe pear and white peach aromas are complemented by marzipan, honey and dried flowers. Sappy pit fruit flavors stain the palate and are firmed by juicy minerals, picking up subtle herbal and mineral notes on the back end. Finishes with excellent clarity and cling, the honey note repeating. This could handle the richest fish preparations.
Mainly Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Delicate citrus aroma, becoming bolder and richer on the palate. Dense but elegant. Notes of orange and some pear graininess. Dry, lively and long. (Went very well with Morecombe Bay potted shrimps.) 17.5/20 points. (JH)