2012 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

Rhone | White Blend

Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media. 93pts

Pale yellow-gold. Expressive citrus pith, pear, floral and smoky mineral scents are complemented by a deeper suggestion of toasty lees. Densely packed but vibrant Meyer lemon, pear nectar and candied ginger flavors are sharpened by a suggestion of dusty minerals that builds in the glass. Finishes juicy and sharply focused, offering resonating honeysuckle and mineral notes and superb persistence.

Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker. 90pts

An outstanding white, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (a blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc aged in demi-muid) offers notes of poached pears, apple and salty minerality to go with a rich, medium-bodied profile on the palate. Possessing crisp acidity, solid depth and good overall richness, it will be versatile on the dinner table and a great food wine. Drink now-2017.

An estate that seems to have found another level, quality-wise, Domaine du Bosquet des Papes has been run by the Boiron family for the past six generations. Located in the northern part of the appellation, the wines are now made by the talented Nicolas Boiron and offer classic, Provencal characters that scream Southern Rhone, yet also show beautiful polish and poise. His 2010s were the best wines I’ve tasted from the estate, and these 2011s and 2012s are not far behind. They are all noteworthy and worth tracking down.