Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012
Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The abundant Roussane provides the Clos Saint Jean crisp acidity, medium body and loads rose petal and honeysuckle notes.
Blend: 33% Roussane, 33% Grenache Blanc, and 33% Clairette
"Bright and bouncy, with crunchy acidity carrying pippin apple, Cavaillon melon, white peach and green almond notes. Pure on the finish, this turns steadily creamier with air."
"We finished the tasting with the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne, with the Roussanne and Grenache Blanc aged in neutral barrel and everything else in tank, it offers up notions of quince, white currants and flowers to go with a balanced, clean feel on the palate. Possessing fantastic purity and terrific acidity."
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The prestigious Clos Saint Jean is run by the fourth generation of the
Tacussel/Maurel family - Vincent and Pascal Maurel - under the tutelage
of renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie. Clos Saint-Jean is considered
by critics, sommeliers, and consumers alike to be among the top
properties of the Southern Rhone. Robert Parker comments, The tasting
of the five (2007) cuvees must...
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(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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