2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos de Beauvenir, Château La Nerthe

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Made predominantly from cask-matured Roussanne and tank-aged Clairette, Beauvenir is rich and beautifully textured. The single plot in front of the château yields old vines, exotic fruit and creamy, decadent indulgence. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer Christian Voeux is better qualified than most when he compares 2013 to the most lauded vintages of the late 20th century. Before taking on the prize job at La Nerthe five years ago, Christian was the highly influential winemaker at Château Mont- Redon for 25 years. The prospect of low yields does not rule out ‘vendanges verte’, he muses, in the sam