2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Reviews

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Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

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2015 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $53.00

A blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne, 10% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc.

92 Points Wine Spectator

This is still tightly coiled, with mirabelle plum, yellow apple and verbena notes peeking out from the core, backed by a long quinine hint and a lingering echo of wet stone. Should be lovely when fully unfurled. Best from 2018 through 2022. 826 cases imported.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

The finest example of La Nerthe’s regular white cuvée I can recall, this is a creamy-textured, elegant blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne, 10% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc. Hints of graphite and grilled pear mark the nose, followed by succulent notes of pear, melon and pineapple. There are no hard edges at all in this medium- to full-bodied wine.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The two whites from Château la Nerthe include the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, which was tasted out of the bottle and is 42% Grenache, 30% Roussanne, 17% Clairette and the rest Bourboulenc. Aged 70% in tank and 30% in barrel, it has classic notes of melons, citrus, sappy flowers and a hint of menthol in a medium-bodied, clean, ultra-pure style. I like it now, but this beauty will age.

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2015 Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $40.00

A blend of 34% Grenache blanc, 33% Clairette and 33% Roussanne.

95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Easily the greatest effort I’ve tasted from this estate, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blockbuster that offers rich, textured, yet still lively and fresh notes of sauteed peach, orange blossom, white currants and brioche. I loved this from barrel as well, but it’s gained in freshness and purity, delivering full-bodied, layered, mouth-coating aromas and flavors while never seeming heavy or cumbersome. Based on equal parts Clairette, Grenache and Roussanne, and vinified and aged in new barrels, it’s up with the creme de la creme of the vintage and I suspect will age beautifully for over a decade.

91 Points Wine Spectator

Light bright yellow. Scents of yellow peach, tangerine, vanilla and chamomile take on a dusty mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering oak-spiced citrus and pit fruit flavors and hints of anise and honey. Smoothly blends richness and vivacity and finishes sappy and long, leaving behind pear nectar and vanilla notes. In my experience, this wine needs at least a few years of bottle age for its oak to settle down.

2015 Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $43.00

A blend of 30% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette and 20% Bourboulenc.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Renaissance Blanc (30% each of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, with 20% each of Clairette and Bourboulenc) offers terrific purity and a fresh, lively, medium-bodied style that’s hard to resist. It has impressive complexity as well, with lots of citrus blossom, thyme and floral aromas and flavors. This is terrific white that should drink nicely for 2-4 years, with the caveat that these can be aged longer. as well.

92 Points Wine Spectator

Plump in feel, with enticing star fruit, white peach, shortbread and verbena notes melding together. A light salted butter edge on the finish adds length and cut. This opens wonderfully in the glass.

2015 Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

93 Points Wine Spectator

This displays rich papaya and Cavaillon melon notes, but stays fresh thanks to honeysuckle and citrus oil threads. Offers a long heather- and quince-fueled finish. Very inviting. Drink now through 2019. 100 cases imported.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A terrific white that delivers on all accounts, Brunel’s 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a Roussanne-dominated blend that includes 20% Grenache Blanc. It comes all from the southern part of the appellation, in the lieu-dit of Les Serres. Aged in concrete tanks, it has a ripe, rounded, beautifully textured style to go with lots of ripe peach and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. I love its texture and it has first rate purity, as well. This is a classic Châteauneuf du Pape white that will shine on the dinner table over the coming 2-4 years.

2015 Domaine des Senechaux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

A blend: 32% Roussanne, 31% Clairette, 28% Grenache Blanc and 9% Bourboulenc.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Fresh and focused, with honeysuckle, Cavaillon melon, white peach and yellow apple fruit flavors, all melded together and carried by a bitter almond spine on the finish.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A terrific and classy white that has both freshness and richness, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc offers up lots of white peach, apple peal and hints of white flowers in a pure, impeccably balanced, lengthy package. Made from close to equal parts Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette, with a small part Bourboulenc, aged in stainless steel and older barrels.

2015 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $53.00

94 Points Wine Spectator

Distinctive, with a bright yellow apple note leading the way, backed by lots of verbena, chamomile and honeysuckle notes before a creamy melon edge drapes the finish. Shows lovely range. Drink now through 2018. 100 cases imported.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a step up over the 2014 and offers terrific notes of stone fruits, pears and apple blossom in a medium to full-bodied, fresh, lengthy and elegant style.

2015 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $55.00

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The base 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is another killer effort. Made from 40% Roussanne and 30% each of Grenache Blanc and Clairette, it offers copious amounts of sautéed peach, tangerine and orange blossom to go with beautiful fruit and texture on the palate. Possessing vibrant acidity and a clean, crisp finish, I’d drink it over the coming 3-4 years, but you can keep this cuvée for decades.

93 Points Wine Spectator

A fresh, pure style, with a lovely chamomile note leading the way, followed by verbena and honeysuckle accents before the yellow apple and Cavaillon melon fruit strides in. The creamy finish pulls everything together. Drink now through 2018.

2015 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $60.00

92 Points Wine Spectator

This has some density, with peach, lemon curd and heather notes forming a ripe, flattering core, all offset by racy verbena and mirabelle plum accents on the finish.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The just-bottled 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes Blanc checks in as equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne, all of which came from the les Galimardes lieu-dit, and was aged mostly in stainless steel with 25% in new barrels. It’s a lively, fresh and impeccably balanced white that has lots of juicy citrus rind, sappy flower, hints of pineapple and even mint in its medium-bodied, layered and length profile.

2015 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $90.00

94 Points Wine Spectator

Very floral and pure, with unadorned honeysuckle, white peach, jicama and acacia notes that race along, backed by light hints of anise, yellow apple and quinine. Shows lovely range, cut and length. Drink now through 2025.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A big, rich wine by Vincent’s standards, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc offers lots of salty minerality in its ripe citrus, spiced apples and honeycomb-laced aromas and flavors. It shows terrific purity and tension on the palate, yet also has plenty of heft and depth. Feel free to enjoy bottles over the coming couple of years, or after a decade or more.

2015 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $100.00

95 Points Wine Spectator

This is broad and rich in feel, with creamed melon, heather honey, yellow apple and mirabelle plum notes all gliding along together. Light straw, honeysuckle and macadamia nut accents gild the lengthy and seductive finish. Drink now through 2028.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc offers classic, gorgeous notes of buttered citrus, honeycomb, stone fruits and hints of pineapple. It’s a fresh, medium to full-bodied, elegant white that will put on a touch of weight by the time it’s bottled; it will have to ability to drink well for 3-4 years and keep for decades.

2015 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Prestige Blanc Suggested Retail Price $120.00

94 Points Vinous

Vivid yellow. Heady aromas of ripe pear, nectarine and white flowers, joined by candied ginger, iodine and mineral nuances that gain strength as the wine opens up. Rich yet extremely energetic and light on its feet, offering sappy, deeply concentrated orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. The floral and mineral notes linger impressively on a very long, seamless finish that shows superb clarity and power.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige Blanc switches up the varietal mix. A blend of 80% barrel-fermented Roussanne with steel-fermented and aged Grenache Blanc and Clairette, it offers up toasty, nutty scents of roasted cashews, pineapple and coconut. It’s a cavalcade of bold flavors, broad on the palate yet long and briny on the finish. It should prove capable of aging up to a decade, but I’d opt for drinking it young for its flamboyant exuberance.

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2015 Mayard Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau de Ma Mere

Suggested Retail Price $36.00

A blend of  40% Grenache, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne and 10% Bourboulenc.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

I absolutely loved their 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Crau de Ma Mère Blanc, which is made from 40% Grenache, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne and the rest Bourboulenc. Coming all from the clay and more limestone soils (which are great for white varieties) of the Montpertuis lieu-dit, this beauty has fabulous purity and freshness, with crisp pineapple, citrus blossom, flowers and hints of honeysuckle aromas and flavors. It builds on the palate, has good acidity and a clean finish. Drink it anytime over the coming 2-3 years.

2015 Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

A blend of 30% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc, 22% Roussanne, and the rest Picpoul and Picardan.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A straight up beautiful white, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc checks in as a mix of 30% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc, 22% Roussanne, and the rest Picpoul and Picardan. Fresh, long, medium-bodied and beautifully pure, it has classy notes of citrus blossom, crushed rocks and white peach that continue to develop with time in the glass. Brought up mostly in stainless steel, with 18% in barrels (3% of which were new), this is a perfect white to buy a case of for drinking anytime over the coming decade or longer.

2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

One of the top traditional whites out there is easily the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc from Chateau de Vaudieu. Made from a 60/40 split of Roussanne and Grenache, vinified and aged partially in barrels, it has terrific notes of juicy peach, white flowers and citrus blossom as well as medium to full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and a kiss of honeysuckle on the finish. Drink this beautifully pure, balanced white anytime over the coming decade or more

2015 Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Les Safres

Suggested Retail Price $54.00

A blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 30% Clairette.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The rock star 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Safres offers tons of ripe citrus, pineapple, flowers and salty minerality in its richly textured, yet fresh and lively profile. It shows the warmth of the vintage, yet is always fresh and lively. I love it.

2015 Domaine Grand Veneur La Fontaine Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 

Suggested Retail Price $64.00

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A bigger, richer wine, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc is still aging in barrel and is marginally darker in color than the classic white. Buttered apples, brioche, honeycomb and hint of orange blossom emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, seriously textured white that has moderate acidity and tons of fruit. It will be interesting to see how this comes together, but it has serious potential.

2015 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau

Suggested Retail Price $75.00

95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

While I’ve always loved the white from the Brunier brothers. The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is the finest example of this cuvée I can remember tasting. It’s light gold color is followed by an impeccably balanced, ultra-pure, seamless white that has complex notes of white flowers, hazelnuts, just crushed rocks and citrus blossom. This beauty doesn’t hit you over the head with fruit or sweetness, yet grows on you with time in the glass. You can drink it today, as well as cellar it for two decades.

2015 M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc

Suggested Retail Price $75.00

92 Points Wine Spectator

This has good weight and breadth, with a mix of apple, white peach and honeysuckle flavors allied to fresh acidity. Long notes of wet stone and lime pith fuel the finish, leaving a well-defined impression. A pure style. Drink now through 2019.

2015 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Vieilles Vignes Roussanne

Suggested Retail Price $165.00

97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Even better than the Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. The richer, more concentrated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes comes from a single parcel of vines located beside the Chateau that were planted in 1909. Full-bodied, rich, gorgeously concentrated and textured. With fabulous notes of orange blossom, buttered citrus, marmalade and honey. It will be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. It’s worth noting that since 2009. The estate has changed the viticulture with regards to their whites. Moving to slightly larger yields, with the goal of making a more elegant white that ages more predictably.

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