Tasted on two occasions, barrel samples of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc gave distinctly different impressions. The rating and description refer to the wine I tried from barrel at the winery, where this blend of 80% Clairette and 20% Roussanne showcased scents and flavors of grilled pineapple. Richer than the bottled 2017, yet better balanced, it's full-bodied, creamy, lush and long on the finish, with the wood less apparent. During my blind tastings, I found it brassy in color, with pronounced brown-sugar and cinnamon aromas and flavors. It just seemed off.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)