2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grape Varietal: Grenache Blanc
Review Score: 93WS, 93JS, 92WA, 92JD
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Fresh and lively, with lots of green almond, pear and white peach flavors liberally laced with verbena and acacia notes. A bright mineral streak and a twinge of star fruit add length and cut to the finish. Drink now through 2022. 486 cases made.

93 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov 2017)

This has impressive fruit purity and concentration and is very much the style of the domaine. A wealth of ripe melon, apple and pear fruit with a smooth, mineral and white almond finish. Drink now.

93 points, James Suckling (Aug 2017)

Thirty percent of the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, a blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne and 20% Clairette, was barrel-fermented and aged in oak, including a healthy proportion of new wood. That said, the wine remains fresh and lively. Yes, it shows some honeyed notes and rich texture, but it's focused by hints of lime and orange sherbet and some gingery spice on the long finish. It should drink well for a few more years.

92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)

This terrific, family run estate makes a beautiful white and their 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc checks in as 40% Roussanne, 40% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette that saw 20% in barrique. It offers clean, classy notes of buttered apples, brioche and a touch of minerality, with terrific length, depth, and richness on the palate. Drink it anytime over the coming 3-4 years, or cellar for a decade.

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2017)