The Roussanne and Clairette for Beauvenir were both barrel fermented and wood aged, however, there is not a trace of wood in the aromatics or flavors. Orange marmalade,
honeysuckle, Asian pears and spice aromas soar from the glass of this rich, full-bodied,
superbly endowed white Chateauneuf du Pape. It is also possesses zesty acidity and has tremendous personality and length.
Blend: 60% Roussanne, 40% Clairette
"Even more profound is the blend of 57% Roussanne, 31% Clairette and 12% Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de Beauvenir. It possesses amazing fruit as well as a wonderful pear, spice, marmalade and floral-scented bouquet, full-bodied, zesty richness, lots of honeysuckle as well as an unctuous texture. This sumptuous dry white should drink well for a decade."
The Wine Advocate