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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2012


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If Chateauneuf-du-Pape's vineyards are best known these days for their great red wines (accounting for 95% of the appellation) mostly from the Grenache grape, connoisseurs will discern in the region's white wines the hallmark of a great terroir. Two parcels on limestone soil have been kept apart in the Clos de l'Oratoire vineyard to create a wine, as delicate as it is rare, that will delight those in search of freshness and mineral character.
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorBright, offering honeysuckle and orange blossom notes out front, backed by white ginger, green almond, straw and melon flavors. Shows a creamy edge on the finish, with well-embedded acidity. Drink now through 2014. 2,000 cases made.

James Molesworth, December 15, 2013