Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 2018
This is the oldest plot on Beaucastel. Much of it was planted in 1908, but when the great-grandfather took over Beaucastel, old, refined Roussanne stood here. So we're really at an average age of 120 years and over. There are also more sandy soils here for the delicacy. Tiny yields below 20 hl / ha. The same recipe as for the Chateauneuf blanc: whole grapes squeezed, left in the press for a few hours, slowly pressed and then spontaneous fermentation completely in barrels. Here it is 80% new wood. Malolactic fermentation takes place afterwards, but only in about 50% of the barrels. The great thing about this wine is, and that is why it is one of the really great white wines in the world, that despite this huge amount of new wood and 100% Roussanne, which normally stands out for its rosemary-like, lush, exotic heaviness, it is so incredibly light and is lively. I was particularly excited about this wine, the Roussanne with its high density, its rosemary sweetness, there was to be feared that the 2018 vintage would have created an overfat monster. But this is far from the case, the nose is very mature, but it is also so fine. Basically, the 2018 Roussanne looks like a matured 20 year old Chenin Blanc from the Loire or like a 10 year old Gourt de Mautens from Rasteau. Dissolved quince in high concentration, but juicy, of course there is also rosemary, which is so special to Roussanne. But there are also very nice caramel, salt and citrus notes, a bit of grapefruit, also lemongrass, which goes well with this ripeness and sweetness, it creates a balance. In any case, the nose is a poem. The mouth also doesn't come as bulky as one would have feared in 2018. Of course the Roussanne is totally concentrated, incredibly dense and mature, has a lot of everything. Nevertheless, it is not sweet, sticky and wide, but remains fresh. With this lemongrass and grapefruit, he moves through this immense density of the Roussanne. Clearly a wine to accompany the meal. This grapefruit, lemongrass, rosemary and quince mixture, this salt-covered, caramel honey honey definitely needs an opponent. But you will surely find that, there are so many dishes to go with it. The wine ends in infinity, nothing stops here, but everything stays nice and fresh. The association with a 20 year old, matured wine is definitely the dominant. This is a large part, but not everyone will like it, because it is of course not filigree, but remains a balancing act despite all the exhilaration and freshness. But it doesn't come out sweet and sticky, it captivates with its dramatic minerality.