A blend of 70% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc and 5% Bourboulenc, Usseglio's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a pleasant surprise. Made mainly in stainless steel, it's full-bodied and creamy textured, yet it balances that richness with bright lime and tangerine flavors. Twenty percent is barrel fermented and aged, and that component brings complex hints of baking spices that complement Clairette's anise notes.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)
Rich, peach-custard aromas with spicy and nutty nuances. The palate has intense and weighty fruit with a good concentration of pears, apples and subtle minerals through the finish.
92 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)
Leading off the wines of this great estate, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is primarily Clairette mixed with small amounts of Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc, brought up 80% in tank and 20% in older barrels. This fresh, vibrant white gives up lots of salinity as well as notes of crushed citrus, leafy herbs, and an undeniable minerality. Medium-bodied, racy, and vibrant, it’s an outstanding white. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)
Limpid yellow. Lively, mineral-accented aromas of Meyer lemon, pear, succulent herbs and lemongrass on the nose. Juicy, concentrated and sharply focused, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows very good depth and chewy texture and closes minerally, focused and quite long, leaving a bitter lemon zest note behind.
91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Oct 2018)