Ogier, Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, 2018
Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Roussanne
White Châteauneuf-du-Pape is never an obvious wine -- or if it is, it’s a poor example. This wine provides a masterclass in how to bring three historic varieties together with a subtlety and grace which belies the warmth of the wine’s origins. The weight and marrow comes from its 30% Grenache; while the wine’s enticing aromatic charm – summer blossoms, crushed fennel and aniseed, acacia honey and ground white almonds – shows how well the historic Clairette can work with Roussanne. At 13.5% abv, the wine is generous without clumsiness or torpidity, and delicate yet ripe acidity and a faintly bitter, cleansing finish add to its overall style and swish.