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Vieux Telegraphe La Crau Blanc 2018 (750ML)

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Chateauneuf Du Pape
Southern Rhone
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Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions

96 JS / 93-95+ JD / 94 WA / 94 WS

Traditionally dominated by clairette (45%) and grenache blanc (30%), then roussanne and bourboulenc. The vines average 50+ years and there’s a very restrained nose with dialed-back white-pear and chalk aromas with dried flowers, too. The palate has a super fresh, zippy feel and a long, juicy and attractive core of fresh, salty minerals. The balance is innate and very fluid. Drink or hold. James Suckling

A blend of Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc brought up mostly in foudre, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc offers a more crystalline style with its white peach, crushed citrus, white flower, and obvious minerality. Clean, pure, and chiseled on the palate, it has good concentration, an almost red wine-like structure, and a great finish. It's going to age beautifully. Jeb Dunnuck

A blend of 40% Clairette and 30% each Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, from vines in la Crau that average 50 years old, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc continues the excellent run for this wine. It's zesty, lime-ridden and briny on the nose, medium to full-bodied and a bit silky on the palate, but it's so fresh, citrusy and vibrant on the finish that it comes across as crisp and refreshing. I've been gradually extending the drinking windows on white Châteauneufs, as I become convinced that many of them age better than I've given them credit for in the past. This one should drink well for at least 5-6 years. Joe Czerwinski – The Wine Advocate

There's lots to like here, with bright honeysuckle, acacia and star fruit notes leading off, followed quickly by richer yellow apple, lemon curd and verbena flavors. A subtle shortbread accent caresses the finish, where a stony hint ripples in the background. Drink now through 2024. - JM, Wine Spectator

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