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Feb 25, 2007 11:40 AM


I just returned from a visit to my local wine shop where I picked up a few bottles of the French Burgundies recommended by this board, specificaly a Chablis and a Meursault. While there, the store owner was raving about a white wine that he strongly recommended that I try. It is a white 2001 Chateauneuf-du-Pape produced by Comte De Lauze. It is also marked "Recolte". The wine store owner was unable to obtain any notes on the wine, his sytem was down, and I can't seem to find anything either. Can anyone tell me about this wine, specifically what grape varieties are included, and any other information? I know they are more known for their reds but I wanted to try something different. Thanks

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  1. If you can tell us the importer, that's usually a good place to start.
    Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc that I know of is typically roussanne, grenache blanc and maybe clairette.

    1. The estate has a website (in French only). Oddly, the site makes no reference to white wine, only red and pink, and proclaims them as artisanal producers. Parker's long-in-the-tooth Rhône book lists them as having 2.5 acres of white vines and an annual production of 187 cases of white wine. The white's *élèvage* involves six months in temperature-controlled stainless and cement vats. The blend is given as 70% Clairette and 30% Grenache Blanc.

      Oh, and *récolte* (the noun) just means harvest. If it's *récolté* (the past participle), then havested or picked.

      1. The importer is Diageo, I think. Odd that retailers carry the CdP Blanc, but the website only mentions CdP rouge and rosé.

        CdP blanc can contain one or more of the following varieties: Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette. As carswell has already said, it's a 70-30 blend of Clairete.

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        1. re: zin1953

          >>CdP blanc can contain one or more of the following varieties: Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette.<<

          Picpoul and Picardin, too.

          1. re: zin1953

            Correct Zin. The back label states that it is imported by Diageo "Chateau & Estates". I went their web site and also thought it was odd that it only mentioned the rouge and rose.

          2. Never tried Anne Foucher's wines. Unfortunately, the few ratings out there are pretty discouraging, most in the low 70's

            Owner: Anne Foucher
            Address: Avenue des Bosquets 8, 84232 Chateauneuf du Pape Cedex.
            Tel. 490 837 287
            Direct Sale: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 18.00