16,5. Fresh and honeyed nose. Rich palate and some sweetness. Really textured and weighty, with a warming richness on the finish. Honey, marzipan and fennel. Ripe and layered.
95. Bottled in July but not scheduled for release until January of 2024, the 2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos Roquete Blanc is one-third each Grenache, Roussanne, and Clairette that was raised all in wood. It has gorgeous notes of ripe pears, melon, honeyed flowers, spice, and a distinct sense of minerality. With good concentration, medium to full-bodied, and a ripe, layered mouthfeel, it’s another serious while from this team that will absolutely shine on the dinner table.
92-94. Roughly one-third each Clairette, Grenache and Roussanne, the 2022 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc was still awaiting bottling at the end of June 2023. Hints of honey accent ripe pineapple aromas in this medium to full-bodied wine, which is plump and round in the mouth, yet it finishes bright and zesty, with ample citrusy length.