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Bourboulenc (pronounced boor-boo-LAHNK), also known as Aprokondoura, is a white wine variety and comes from Greece, but is now primarily planted in Southern France in the Rhone region.  This categorizes Bourboulenc as an ancient wine variety. It is one of only five white wine grapes allowed for use in Chateaneuf du Pape, along with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Rousanne, and Picardan. It is also used in Provence, Languedoc, La Clape, and Minervois. It displays strong citrus notes, a hint of smoke, some floral attributes, and high acidity. In blends, it will give body and spicy tones. Bourboulenc has a tendency to ripen late, but the acidity retains freshness in the wine. However, it is best consumed young. Bourboulenc grape bunches are tight with large berries and sometimes susceptible to rot. It does well in warmer, sun filled climates with stony plateaus, much like the Mediterranean basin.

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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2018

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is made from 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Bourboulenc

The color is a beautiful golden yellow with glints of green. The nose expresses the specificity of this wine, with aromas of white fruit (apple, pear), orange blossom, aniseed and lemon and woody undertones. The palate has much presence, is very fruity, with finesse, breadth and sweetness, but retaining a good balance of freshness.


This wine is ideal with fish, crayfish, pike 'quenelles' with with 'Nantua' sauce, or spicy dishes.

Review:

Ripe and enticing, with lots of white peach, green melon and yellow apple flavors laced with notes of shortbread and honeysuckle. A stony echo adds spine and length. Should unwind nicely. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne. Best from 2021 through 2023. 1,666 cases made, 1,250 cases imported.

-Wine Spectator 92 Points

 Wine Spectator: 92
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