Chateau de Vaudieu Clos du Belvedere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017  Front Label
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Chateau de Vaudieu Clos du Belvedere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017

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Winemaker Notes

On a plateau affording a splendid view of the village and medieval castle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos du Belvédère – a parcel of 40 year old Grenache Blanc on a gravelly red clay terroir underpinned with calcareous limestone soils – gets its name for both the view and the rather ticky-tacky wall of cinder blocks Laurent’s grandfather erected to to protect this exposed site from the mistral in winter. A deeply mineral and vertical wine, Clos du Belvédère is unique in its reliance entirely on Grenache Blanc, a workhorse variety that is widely planted in the south but rarely reaches this level of refinement. Fermented in tanks and aged in 228L French oak barrels, Clos Belvedere proves that Grenache Blanc, when planted in the right spot can make profound wines.

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
Juicy and focused, with a flash of hazelnut along the edges, while lemon chiffon, white peach and yellow apple fruit notes form the core. Bright verbena and meringue echoes add range on the finish.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
All barrel-fermented Grenache Blanc, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos du Belvedere is an excellent effort and a fine successor to the 2016. Delicate hints of pencil shavings frame bright nectarine and tangerine fruit flavors in this full-bodied wine. It's rich, silky in texture and long, picking up hints of lime zest on the finish.
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One of the many ways to misunderstand Chateauneuf-du-Pape is to think it is a terroir dominated by one soil type. When asked to picture the typical vineyard in the village, one immediately has the image of galets. While this is an important terroir in the region, it is only one of nearly a dozen different soil types. Some producers make wines from a single specific terroir while others blend from several. This is just as important a factor in how the final wines taste as how they are made. Perhaps no better estate proves this than Chateau de Vaudieu.

Located about a five minute drive outside the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape along the road which leads to Courthezon you will find Chateau de Vaudieu. It is one of three 18th century Chateaux located in the appellation, tucked into a small valley surrounded by hills and plateau. It is at the intersection of several major terroirs: sandy soils to the north, along a border it shares with Chateau Rayas (one of the best wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape but not actually a Chateau), pale limestone and clays centered around a forested hillock, and two large plateaux of the somewhat overexposed galets. In total there are 70 hectares within one contiguous estate – something very rare in the appellation.

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Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.

According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.

Only about 6-7% of wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is white wine. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

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Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.

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