2017 Chateau de Vaudieu "Clos Belvedere" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (Previously $70)

SKU #1390986 94 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy and focused, with a flash of hazelnut along the edges, while lemon chiffon, white peach and yellow apple fruit notes form the core. Bright verbena and meringue echoes add range on the finish. (JM)  (10/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 All barrel-fermented Grenache Blanc, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos du Belvedere is an excellent effort and a fine successor to the 2016. Delicate hints of pencil shavings frame bright nectarine and tangerine fruit flavors in this full-bodied wine. It's rich, silky in texture and long, picking up hints of lime zest on the finish. (JC)  (8/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Vivid yellow. Ripe orchard fruit and melon scents are energized by a zesty citrus fruit nuance. Weighty and broad on entry, offering intense nectarine and poached pear flavors that become livelier and spicier as the wine gets some air. Shows a suave blend of richness and energy and finishes impressively long, with impressive clarity and a late touch of florality. (JR)  (10/2018)


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape