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Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc les Safres 2016 (750ML)

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Chateauneuf Du Pape
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Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions

94 JD / 94 WA / 94 WS / 94 VM

One of the top whites in the vintage is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Les Safres, which is a rough blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette (it’s a touch Grenache Blanc heavy) that was brought up in 20% new barrels. Tasted twice, it sports a light gold color to go with terrific notes of white peach, hints of citrus oil, orange blossom, brioche, and spice. Clean, crisp and yet concentrated and rich, it will give a top flight White Burgundy a run for its money. It's going to put on weight with 6 months in bottle and drink well for 4-5 years or more. Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Safres is a barrel-fermented blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 30% Clairette. It offers all you could want in a white Chateauneuf du Pape: fresh lime and pineapple aromas, a lush, creamy mouthfeel and a long, briny finish. The 20% new oak isn't even noticeable. This is delicious now and will likely still be drinking well (albeit in a different way) 10 years from now. Joe Czerwinski -The Wine Advocate

High-pitched fennel and green almond notes lead the way, while this quickly turns richer in feel, showing mirabelle plum, pear and yellow apple fruit flavors at the core. Lovely verbena, honeysuckle and salted butter accents score the finish. Drink now through 2022. 215 cases made. — JM, Wine Spectator

Limpid yellow. Expressive, mineral-drenched aromas of pear nectar, peach, tangerine and honeysuckle show impressive clarity and vibrant lift. Sharply delineated citrus and orchard fruit and melon flavors are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. In a concentrated yet vibrant and incisive style; the strikingly long finish repeats the orchard fruit note and features lingering mineral and floral notes. The interplay of power and finesse here is quite impressive. 

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