2016 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

SKU #1329274 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to their Châteauneuf du Papes and a blend of 40% Roussanne and the rest Grenache Blanc and Clairette, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc now has the Roussanne brought up in demi-muid as opposed to the barriques, with the goal of better-integrated oak. Orchard fruits, lemon, honeysuckle, and hints of buttered citrus all emerge from this gorgeous, elegant, seamless white that has both richness and elegance. With integrated acidity, impeccable balance and a great finish, it offers pleasure today, yet will keep for decades.  (10/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 A creamy, honey-drizzled nose with baked pear, apple and melon fruits. The palate has a creamy, gently spicy and smooth feel to it. Rich but fresh. Drink now.  (8/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It should come as no surprise that the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a step ahead of its 2015 counterpart. It's at once riper and zestier, fruitier and crisper. The Clairette component really boosts the finish with lime zest. Drink it over the next year or two.(JC)  (10/2017)

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