2001, Beaucastel, Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc

Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 92

Drinking Dates: 2003-2018

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 28-Feb-2003

Even richer and more concentrated than the 2011, the blockbuster-styled 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is almost overflowing with notes of marmalade, ripe pineapple, white flowers and assorted honeyed nuances. A big, ripe and layered white, it stays remarkably fresh and lively on the palate, although I suspect there's little real acidity. Beautiful on all counts, it's so good now, I don't see a need to hold off, but it will be very long-lived.