2018 Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee Speciale Vieilles Clairettes

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2018 Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee Speciale Vieilles Clairettes

This cuvée has quickly jumped to the top of the hierarchy in Châteauneuf du Pape Blancs, and it’s a world-class white that’s as good as anything out there. The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Speciale Vieilles Clairettes offers a light gold hue as well as a captivating nose of lemon curd, white flowers, toasted brioche, and honeysuckle. This carries to rich, powerful, medium to full-bodied white that has flawless balance, a terrific sense of freshness, and a great finish. It’s one of those great wines that possesses power and richness with no sensation of weight or heaviness, and it’s lip smacking finish keeps you coming back to the glass. This is a true gem of a 2018 Southern Rhône to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve even longer.

Jeb Dunnuck | 98 JD
Old-vine Clairette, fermented and aged in new demi-muids, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee Speciale is another fine vintage for this wine, which has become one of the most highly regarded and sought-after white CdPs. Toasty and rich, it offers up scents of peach and honey more akin to white Burgundy than most Burg-heads would like to admit. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with a silky texture and a long, vibrant finish.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93-95 RP

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Vintage 2018
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine Saint Prefert
Rating 98 JD
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape: You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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