2016 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf Blanc

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone/southern France FRANCE
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91 points, Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, October 2017 5*, John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, Oct 2017 17+ points, Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com, April 2018
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Media Reviews

Joe Czerwinski

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is tight and zesty, reflecting its high proportion of Clairette (40%), low proportion of Roussanne (15%) and the addition of Bourboulenc (15%) to the blend. Lime zest and the merest hints of pencil shavings mark this medium-bodied white. If you enjoy aging your white Châteauneufs, this would be one to put away. 91 points

John Livingstone-Learmonth

40-45% Clairette (1946-1987), 30% Grenache blanc (1981-1982), 15-20% Roussanne (1940s, late 1980s), 10-15% Bourboulenc (late 1980s), sprinkle of Picpoul, all on La Crau, fermented, raised 33% 30 hl barrels (5 yr rotation), 33% new-10 year 550-litre, 33% new-5 year 228-litre casks 8-9 months (until 2006-07 was 50-60% oak, 40-50% vat 8-11 months), lees stirring until January, bottled Sept, malo often half completed, 15-20,000 bits yellow robe shines with health, shows legs. The nose reveals aniseed de Marseille, greengage plum, tilleul (linden), pear, mandarin, brioche baked bread, is elegant and convincing, comes with an oily depth. There is a lot here, and there are hidden pockets to develop over time. The attack is very good, gets right away into its rich stride, shows impressive length. It has fine grip and very measured generosity, is a winner, and more complex than the Roquète 2016 blanc. It ends on mineral, infused tea with quince jam/paste notes that indicate freshness. This is nourishing, truly local wine, a very good white Rhône if you want The Real Thing. It is complex, en finesse. 13.5°. Bottled end July 2017. 5*

Richard Hemming

Stunning baked-apple fruit with cinnamon spice and white chocolate. Charming and generous, but has good acidic backbone too. Refreshing and satisfying, and concentrated enough to age well. 17+ points

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