2018 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (750ml)

Clairette from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France


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)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
9 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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