The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc incorporates slightly less Grenache Blanc than normal and has more Bourboulenc and Picpoul in the blend. As always, it didn’t go through malolactic fermentation and was raised all in stainless steel. Hitting 13.6% natural alcohol, its medium-gold color is followed by lots of apple, lemon curd and citrus-like fruit characteristics that give way to more spice, toast and minerality with time in the glass. Vibrant, fresh and borderline racy, while not being lean, it’s an outstanding white that will benefit from a year in bottle and have a graceful evolution for another decade or more.
Wine Spectator: 96 Points
There’s a lot going on here, with a big core of yellow apple, white peach and wet straw notes offset by accents of citrus oil and bitter almond. A hint of brioche shows on the finish, but this is decidedly stony in feel at the end. The elements should meld beautifully with cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2026. 450 cases made. Like the red there was less Grenache in 2014, 10% (as opposed to 15%) with the rest of the blend comprising 20% each of Bourboulenc, Picardin, Clairette, Roussanne and Picpoul. A typically youthful nose of grapefruit and pear with a hint of anise. Fresh, clean, clear and long with flavours of herb, citrus, pear and greengage. One of the less powerful white vintages but all the better for it. 13.6% alcohol. Bottled in March 2015 after ageing in steel tank.