As I mentioned before, we've watched a lot of WINEKING lately. One of the episodes involved a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. I had never heard of this. Given my recent love of whites, I set about gathering a tasting. I could only find 4 of them, 2 from TotalWine and 2 from K&L. K&L had six or so for pre-arrival, but I wasn't willing to wait. Overall, it was slim pickings.
Ted and Shannon were eager to try the varietal, unsure they had ever tried it.
We let the wine breath and warm up for 30 minutes before we joined Ted and Shannon on the zoom. The ideal temperature for tasting these wines is 64-65 degrees. They were a little cold when we started. We had a great time tasting them.
I don't usually get much on the nose of the wines, but for the third wine I was thrilled to get a strong note of warm bread.
A - 2019 Domaine de Marcoux, came in first place with an average of 3.63. It cost $60 from K&L.
B - 2018 Clos St Michel, came in second place with an average of 3.44. It cost $45 from TotalWine.
C - 2019 Domaine de Beaurenard, came in third place with an average of 3.25. It cost $60 from K&L.
D - 2018 Domaine Presidente, came in last place with an average of 3.00. It cost $36 from TotalWine.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is interesting. All the wines were well made, but I'm not certain I like the flavor profile. More research may be required.