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Jancis Robinson’s note:
Bottled in March. No oak, a blend of the six cépages. Coulure affected Grenache Blanc. Very ripe and powerful but Bourboulenc and Picpoul (which is ripe at 12.5%) kept the wine fresh. Clairette and Picardan give elegance. Herbal and well mannered on the nose. Big and round with great satin texture but lots of green fruits and freshness. There’s a smoky note and a quince flavour with some minerality. This wine may be low alcohol but it’s still very refreshing. Vincent says fine white Châteauneufs need glycerol. I have given dates for its first drinking period. It is highly likely to have a second one.
Jeb Dunnuck’s note for the Wine Advocate:
Looking at Paul-Vincent’s Chateauneufs, and a rich, voluptuous example of this cuvee that possesses great acidity, the 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc offers up ripe stone fruits, white currants, honeysuckle and licorice to go with a full-bodied, rich and powerful profile on the palate that somehow stays beautifully fresh and focused. It’s a gorgeous wine that can be consumed in its fresh and vibrant youth, or cellared for a decade or two. It’s a knockout white that should not be missed! Drink now-2032.
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