2022 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, Rhone, France (750ml)
Light yellow gold. Attractive, multifaceted aroma, youthful and moderately full, showing a mélange of quince and fennel complemented by a toasted note. The palate reveals more, notably ripe yellow fruits, spice and herbal highlights. At first open, the wine falls off slightly, then continues to reveal a persistent aromatic conclusion. Well-integrated acidity surfaces at the end together with a mouth-coating texture.
A penetrating strike of honey lends richness to zingy notes of tart nectarine and apricot in this bright-fruited wine. A blend of 45% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc and just 5% barrel-fermented Roussanne, its fruit profile is scintillating and pure, accented by a hint of smoky, toasty perfume.
- Wine Enthusiast, 94 pts.
The nose of beeswax, lime zest and jasmine pulls you into this powerful, creamy but very clean and precise white Chateauneuf. Impressively long and finely nuanced finish. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling, 92 pts.
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