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1997 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Roussanne, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel

Southern Rhône

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$120.00 $102.00 per Bottle


2 Bottles




"The 1997 Châteauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes (100% Roussanne from 50-year old vines) could easily be called the Montrachet or Chevalier-Montrachet of Châteauneuf du Pape. This cuvée has been remarkable in the past, and the 1997 is spectacular. It reveals lots of definition, as well as spectacular concentration, a viscous texture, honeyed floral and citrusy-like flavors, full body, and a finish that goes on for 40-50 seconds. A quintessential Roussanne, it is a great example of the heights this unheralded varietal can achieve. The 1997 should drink well for two decades or more." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #121
(WA, 02/01/1999)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2020

"Distinctly green cast to the color. Reticent but spicy aromas of lemon, honey, white flowers, minerals and mint. Lovely subtlety and clarity of flavor; less unctuous and more racy today than the above. Very intensely flavored. Finishes very fine and firm, with no sensation of heat. Unevolved but already quite stylish. This will be superb." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
(AG, 01/01/1999)

Rating: 94

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