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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2001
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2001
(search item no. 55892)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2001 is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Ch√Ęteau de Beaucastel estate.

The 2001 vintage saw an early spring frost that cut down on the quantity of fruit, but the result was wines of remarkable intensity. A hot, sunny summer further concentrated the grapes, while cool nights maintained the character of the aromatic varietals. The harvest began on August 27th with the Viognier, and continued with Roussanne, then Marsanne, each about a week apart. It concluded with the Grenache Blanc on September 17th.

The fruit is whole cluster pressed, and fermented with native yeasts. The Roussanne was fermented half in stainless steel fermenters and half in small oak "pieces", while the other varietals were fermented 100% in stainless steel. To maintain crisp acidity on the finish, a portion of the Viognier and the Grenache Blanc were prevented from completing malolactic fermentation. The wines were racked, blended, and cold stabilized, and bottled in April 2001.

The 2001 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is a richly intense wine, with aromatics of peaches, pears, honeysuckle and anise, and flavors of honey, green apple, pear, and licorice, balanced by crisp acidity on the finish. Best served slightly chilled, but not ice cold.

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About Tablas Creek Vineyard:

The Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, their importer since 1970, founded Tablas Creek Vineyard in 1990. They chose their 1600-foot elevation site in West Paso Robles' Las Tablas because of its chalky clay soils and its climate similar to the southern Rhone Valley. They imported selected French cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise and multiplied, grafted and planted their own vines, which they farm organically. This blended wine, in the image of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is 100% estate-grown and bottled.