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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2003
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2003
(search item no. 81803)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $31.99

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
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A fabulous white Rhone blend of enormous complexity and charm. Fills the mouth with butterscotch, Crème brulee, pineapple, mineral, vanilla, ripe white peach and hazelnut flavors, and, as sweet as that sounds, the wine is dry and crisp. The greatest Esprit Blanc ever. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier."
-Wine Enthusiast

"The 2003 Esprit de Beaucastel white is a blend of 68% Roussanne, 27% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Viognier. More tightly textured, with seemingly higher acidity than the 2002, it is a powerful, broad, concentrated effort offering a smorgasbord of aromas and flavors, including candle wax, lanolin, pineapples and other tropical fruits, and rose water."
-Wine Advocate

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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.