2016 Andre Brunel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc “Les Cailloux”
“A floral scent which is both fruity and honey-like, a mineral taste with viscosity in the finish, this wine will surprise you by its complexity and evolution of these aromas all throughout the tasting.
“The 2016 vintage, with exceptional weather conditions, helped the Roussanne to fully express itself: elegance, finesse and length are the main characteristics of these unique vintage and wine. Pair with white meat and fish with sauces, goat cheese. Blend: 80% Roussanne, 20% Grenache.”
Racy and engaging, with a mix of fennel, chamomile and verbena notes giving this cut and lift from the start, while the core of yellow apple, melon and mirabelle plum fruit fills in behind. Shows lots of energy and range. Best from 2019 through 2024. – Wine Spectator
“The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc shows how much can be accomplished without much in the way of winemaking. Vinified and aged entirely in concrete, this blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc has no bells and whistles, yet it delivers round, mouth-filling citrus flavors, a wonderfully silky, layered texture and a long, rich finish. It should continue to drink well for several years.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate