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CDP Blanc, Domaine de la Charbonnière 2020

Label
RegionRhône
SubregionChateauneuf-du-Pape
ColourWhite
TypeStill

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Rhône2020CDP Blanc, Domaine de la Charbonnière NewBT10 \ 0 120240.001292 JD12026.66666666666792.0092.00CDP Blanc, Charbonniere0.7530
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Tasting Notes

Based on 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne, and the rest Clairette, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc has a spicy, clean, citrus and tangerine-driven bouquet. On the palate, it shows good depth and richness, with medium body, some smoky oak, good mid-palate density, and a great finish. It will round into form with another 6-12 months of bottle age and should age quite well.

While I’ve always loved the wines of Domaine de la Charbonnière, recent vintages are on another level, and I’d unquestionably put the domaine up with the crème de la crème of the appellation today. Run by the Maret family, with consulting advice from Philippe Cambie, Domaine de La Charbonnière produces four cuvées: the Tradition, Mourre des Perdrix, Vieilles Vignes, and the Les Hautes Brusquières. The traditional cuvée comes from all the estate’s holdings and is typically a blend of 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s mostly destemmed and brought up in older barrels and stainless steel. It’s certain a terrific introduction into the style of the estate. The Mourre des Perdrix comes from more sandy soils just behind the estate and is the same blend as the classic cuvée. This cuvée is always the most seamless and elegant in the lineup. The Vieilles Vignes comes from the oldest vines of the estate and the pebbly soils of the La Crau lieu-dit. Based on 95% Grenache or more, with the balance Mourvèdre, it’s always the most structured, tannic, and masculine of the three special cuvées. Lastly, the Les Hautes Brusquières comes from the Brusquières plateau in the northern portion of the appellation and is a 60/40 split of Grenache and Syrah that’s destemmed and aged in a mix of foudre and barrels. This cuvée is generally the most opulent and full-bodied in the lineup (no doubt due to its large Syrah component), and while approachable in its youth, it’s capable of keeping for upward of two decades.

92
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2021
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