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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2005
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2005
(search item no. 91227)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $34.99

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
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
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 70% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc, 5% Picpoul Blanc

The 2005 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is a vibrant expression of the terroir of Tablas Creek. It shows aromas of honeysuckle, mint, lemon peel and spice, with rich Roussanne flavors of honey, rose petals, pear, petrol and white flowers, excellent breadth, cleansing acidity and great length.

It should drink well when young but will also reward time in bottle; it is expected to show beautifully for at least the next 5-7 years.

Food pairings: Cooked shellfish (lobster, softshell crab, shrimp); roasted or grilled vegetables (eggplant, asparagus, peppers); foods cooked with garlic and olive oil; rich fish dishes (i.e., salmon, swordfish); Asian stir fry.

"Even better is the 2005 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, a combination of 70% Roussanne and the rest mostly Grenache Blanc and a touch of Picpoul that sees no new oak. It reveals classic notes of honeyed marmalade, intense tropical fruits, impressive underlying minerality, and a chalky character in its big, fullthrottle personality that is bursting with character as well as intensity." 93 Points
Wine Advocate
August 31, 2007

"The components of this blend (70 percent roussanne, 25 percent grenache blanc and 5 percent picpoul blanc) form a tight weave. The middle of the wine has a plump, lovely richness without any overt sense of wood; the finish brings scents of fresh spring blossoms and savory saltwater toffee. It lasts with dynamic harmony, suited to age or to miso-marinated black cod." 93 Points
Wine & Spirits
August 2007

My Notes:

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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.