2016 Domaine Giraud "Gallimardes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

SKU #1329281 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The finest white I’ve tasted from this estate is unquestionably the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Gallimardes and it should be snatched up by savvy readers. Loaded with notions of white peach, buttered citrus, spice and loads of crushed rock-like minerality, it’s rich, layered and textured, yet also vibrant and pure. Bravo! This estate has been run flawlessly by Marie Giraud for more than a decade now and the estate is consistently in the top handful of domaines in each vintage. She’s excelled in the more difficult 2015 vintage, and has produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2016. If you don’t know about Domaine Giraud, you’re missing out.  (10/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 The ripe melon, pear and yellow apple fruit flavors are backed by fresh acidity and a high-pitched honeysuckle note, lending contrast between the opulence and raciness. Drink now through 2021.  (10/2017)

91 points Decanter

 ime leaf, citrus pith and subtle ingrained oak spice open this wine. This is followed by a scenic orchard of Conference pears and finely defined acid. It’s very appetising and drinkable. Drinking Window 2017 - 2024.Decanter Panel Tasting  (5/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc. It shows a touch of oak in its honeyed nose and rich texture but remains lively from start to finish, revealing bergamot, lime and musky spice notes on the long finish. It should drink well for at least a few years.(JC)  (10/2017)

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