2014 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone, France (750ml)
If you could squeeze juice from one of the galets that pave the 225 acres of vines surrounding La Nerthe, it might taste like this: dense and salty, with hints of the grasses and wildflowers that pop up here and there. It’s not about fruit, though the sunny characters of the acidity brings lemon to mind; it is, however, pretty and firm, a wine that could age, or take on monkfish in brown butter right now.
- Wine & Spirits, 93 pts
Sports a racy feel, with fennel, star fruit and lemon zest hints guiding the core of white peach and honeysuckle. Stays bracing and stony through the finish. - Wine Spectator, 90 pts
A pleasant pale tint with greenish glints. The nose is intense with white peach and grapefruit tones and a touch of blackcurrant. Wonderfully crisp in the mouth and very smooth. A wine that shows a freshness, roundness and fruitiness with a good length and hints of citrus and violet.
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