Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne
Alc. 14 %
It's nearly impossible to talk about the wines of the Southern Rhône without mentioning Château de Beaucastel and its owners, the Perrin family. Their winemaking history stretches back in an unbroken line to at least the 16th century when the Château is first mentioned in existing records. Today, they are without question one of the most important wine families in the world and produce some of the best wines on the planet.
While Châteauneuf-du-Pape is famous primarily for red wines, their rare whites like this "Les Sinards" are truly special. Only small amounts are produced from a single 2 1/2 hectare vineyard, so when we had the opportunity to share this gem with WineCollective members, we couldn't pass it up. Like the region's red wines, their whites are opulent, full bodied, and textured. We recommend decanting this white if enjoying it young, but it will easily cellar for another 10 years. Serve at about 10 C but don't be afraid to let it warm up in your glass.
The nose is complex and expressive, with aromas of peach, apricots, yellow apple, and lime leaf. Honeycomb, almonds, and bergamot emerge as the wine warms up a bit, along with hints of orange peel and wet stones.
Deep and full, but with vibrant, juicy acidity, this bone-dry white has tons of texture without coming across as heavy. Flavours of peach, apricot, and tangerine mingle with a tart lemon-lime freshness. The finish is long and pure, with a slight salinity that makes the mouth water.
Roast poultry is ideal with this wine, but it would also be fantastic served alongside pasta in a cream-based sauce, which would complement the wine's richness.