Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Tradition 2012 - Château de La Gardine

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This is a highly complex white wine with aromas of honey, yellow fruit and white flowers. It is very aromatic with yet a beautiful minerality preserving the freshness of the wine. If you like discovering original white wines, this one is definitely for you.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Château de La Gardine Eye Pale yellow with green hints
Vintage 2012 Nose  Aromas of citrus and herbs with notes of liquorice and fennel
Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mouth Crispy, round and aromatic with a very fresh finish
Area Rhône Valley Drink from Now
Colour White Drink before 2016
Grapes Roussanne (50%) Grenache Blanc (20%) Open  Open and drink
  Clairette (20%) Bourboulenc (10%) Drinking temperature 10°C
Type Dry    
       
Food pairing
This white Châteauneuf-du-Pape would be perfect with fine white fish like sea bass, John Dory or monkfish but also worth opening with sushi and sashimi for a more exotic match!
 
A word about the domain
Property of the Brunel family since 1945, the Château de la Gardine belongs to the greatest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is spread over 120 acres of continuous vineyard, which is pretty rare in the area. The quality of the classic Cuvée Tradition is incredibly consistent, which makes it a great buy at any time – fruity as it should, without being too heavy. They also produce smaller high-end Cuvées, made from specific parcels or with different winemaking techniques.
 
What experts say
About the domain:
Robert Parker: 4* (Excellent)
Bettane & Desseauve: 4* (High quality production)

About the wine:
Robert Parker: 87 (Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013)
"The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a good, medium-bodied and straightforward effort that offers up notes of honey blossom, stone fruits and hints of minerality. Staying nicely focused and fresh, it’s a solid effort to drink over the coming couple of years. Drink now-2015."

Jancis Robinson: 16 (2 Jan 2014 by JR)
"Broad and rich. Lots of sweetness but interesting depths too."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Urgonian limestones located on the Western side of the estate
Age of vines 20-60 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Stainless steel vats and oak barrels
Ageing 6 months
Bottled At the domain
Alcohol 14%