2020 Rhône – Châteauneuf and Vacqueyras whites

Bunches of Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc © Christophe Grilhé

Just three of the distinctive white varieties used in the wines reviewed below (left to right): Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc. See this guide to our coverage of 2020 Rhône.

Some lovely white Châteauneufs have been made in 2020 with freshness and fruit to the fore. Expressions differ with the varying blends, the only issue being the élevage and successful integration of oak.

The 81 tasting notes below are grouped by appellation then listed in alphabetical order of producer (sur)name – but you can change this.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Paul Autard, Confidentielle 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

34% Grenache Blanc, 34% Roussanne, 32% Clairette. Aged 10 months in new oak. 
Creamy oak and round, juicy fruit add a tropical aspect to the wine. In its way quite well done but the palate is heavy and dry on the finish. Refreshment not guaranteed. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2026
15

Juliette Avril 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

45% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Clairette. 
Grassy, green-apple aroma and flavour. Prominent acidity that is sharp and aggressive. Rather astringent finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2024
14.5

La Bastide St-Dominique 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

34% Grenache Blanc, 33% Roussanne, 33% Clairette Rose. Aged six months in tank. 
Apple and mineral nose. Ripe but juicy and fresh on the palate with a density of fruit and stony, minerally edge that runs alongside. Clean, long finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2023
2028
16.5

Dom de Beaurenard 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

42% Clairette, 32% Roussanne, 11% Bourboulenc, 10% Grenache Blanc, 1% each Clairette Rose, Grenache Gris, Picardan, Picpoul Blanc, Picpoul Gris. Aged six months in foudre (65%) and old barrels. Organic.
Ripe, round and fruit-driven but with a subtle hint of toasted oak. Palate rich and concentrated but manages balance with a zesty overtone. Slightly drying finish but plenty of matière and potential to develop. (JL)

14%
Drink
2023
2030
17

Benedetti 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne, 20% Bourboulenc. Aged five months in tank. Organic.
Dusty and metallic with a bitterness to the palate. Sweet but with a sharp-edged finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2024
14

Bosquet des Papes 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 20% Clairette Rose, 20% Bourboulenc, 10% Grenache Gris. Aged six months in tank (80%) and demi-muid.
Lively and fresh with a note of quince and apple. Medium-bodied palate, juicy and fresh with a stony, minerally edge and finish. Guaranteed refreshment. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2028
16.5

La Boutinière 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

35% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc. Aged five months in tank (80%) and demi-muid.
Creamy and oaky, the oak dominating a very sweet palate. Behind, the fruit seems much greener, the finish dry and astringent. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2025
14

Brotte, Domaine Barville 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

100% Roussanne. Aged eight months in new oak (50%) and tank (50%).
Rich, tropical and creamy on the nose, the oak quite persistent. Lends a sweetness to the palate but there’s apple-like fruit behind. Seems a bit disjointed but may come together. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2027
15.5

André Brunel, Les Cailloux 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

80% Roussanne, 10% Clairette, 10% Grenache Blanc. Aged six months in concrete. 
Quite complex nose with apple and a honeyed edge. Lovely balance to the palate with pitch-perfect fruit and just the right amount of freshness. Long, tangy finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2030
17 +

Chante Cigale 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Picpoul Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc, 20% Roussanne. 
Attractive apple and pear aroma. Supple and creamy on the palate with well-integrated oak. Maintains a minerally freshness which lingers on the finish. Really quite persistent. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2030
17

Dom Chante Perdrix 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

55% Grenache Blanc, 45% Clairette. Aged five months in demi-muid (30%) and tank (70%).
Lifted apple aroma with a touch of citrus. Palate round but fresh and driven, the acidity matching a generous density of fruit. Appetising and harmonious. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2028
16.5

Clos Mont Olivet 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Clairette, 30% Roussanne, 14% Bourboulenc, 10% Grenache Blanc, 2% each Clairette Rose, Picardan, 1% each Grenache Gris, Picpoul Blanc. Aged seven months in tank (85%), new oak barrel (11%) and amphorae (4%).
Subtle, reserved but with an intensity of fruit. Mouth-filling and concentrated on the palate but remains harmonious, a minerally freshness giving length on the finish. Potential to evolve. (JL)

14%
Drink
2023
2032
17

Clos St-Michel 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc, 10% Roussanne. Aged in tank (50%) and new oak. Organic.
Citrus and apple notes. Ripe and round on the palate but the citrus note stays the length and there’s some minerally complexity as well. Definitely has reserve and there’s the potential for ageing. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2023
2030
16.5

Clos des Papes 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul Blanc, Picardan. Organic. Tasted at the domaine.
Expressive and exuberant with a real explosion of fruit. Pear, floral and aniseed notes. Palate full, round and rich but with a minerally freshness and citrus edge. Very persistent. Lovely now but will age. (JL)

Drink
2021
2035
17 +

Le Clos du Caillou, Les Safres 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette. Aged four months in old barrels. Organic.
Rich and full with pear and floral notes and a creamy edge of well-integrated oak. Quite intense and fruit-driven on the palate, the ripeness there but gently restrained. Tangy-dry finish. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2028
17

Comte de Lauze 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

45% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Clairette. 
Dusty and grassy with a definite green edge. There’s some sugar ripeness but the rest doesn’t follow. Cutting acidity on the finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2025
14.5

La Consonnière 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc. Aged in 100% new oak.
Grassy and green with a bitter edge. Medium-bodied but sharp and angular on the finish. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2024
14.5

Dom de la Côte de l'Ange 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc, 10% Roussanne. Aged in tank (80%) and demi-muid. 
Appley top-note but a bit dusty as well. Quite zesty on the palate but the acidity does stick out. Sharp, angular finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2025
14.5

Dom de la Croze-Granier 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

70% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc. Aged in tank. Organic.
Apple and hazelnut aroma with the apple reappearing on the palate. Lighter textured and a touch grassy. Bitter-tangy finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2025
15

Durieu 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

70% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Picpoul Blanc. Aged 17 months in concrete. 
Discreet nose with a grassy note. Palate a bit sweet and sour, the upfront fruit is sweet but there’s a bitter-dry edge on the finish. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2026
15

Ch des Fines Roches 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne. Aged 12 months in old barrels. 
Grassy, green-apple aroma and flavour. Fresh with medium-bodied weight but the acidity is a little cutting. Dry, astringent finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2026
15.5

Ch de la Font du Loup 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

35% Roussanne, 35% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Clairette. 
Fragrant and floral with lime-tree notes. Palate less promising, the fruit a little dull and then a dry, slightly chewy finish. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2026
15.5

Ch Fortia, Edmée Le Roy 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 10% Grenache Blanc. Aged six months in tank.
Apple and pear aromas but a slight grassiness on the palate. Medium bodied with a stony, mineral edge and green-apple acidity on the finish. Thirst-quenching for sure. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2028
16 +

Ch de la Gardine 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc. Aged 10 months in tank (80%) and new oak. 
Reticent nose with a faint apple and citrus note. Lovely depth to the palate, the fruit full and round and the oak well integrated. Just enough freshness. Should evolve in an interesting way. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2028
16.5

Dom du Grand Tinel 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 15% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc. Aged eight months in tank (70%) and old (20%) and new barrels. 
Creamy, stone-fruit aromas with a hint of oak. Ripe but surprisingly dry on the palate. Clean and fresh with reasonable persistence. Touch of oak again on the palate but carries its weight well, the alcohol barely perceptible. (JL)

15%
Drink
2023
2028
16 +

Guigal 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

80% Grenache Blanc, 10% Roussanne, 7% Clairette, 3% Bourboulenc. 
Fruit-driven and floral on the nose. Round but fresh. Medium bodied, balanced and ready to go. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2026
16

Guigal, Stes-Pierres de Nalys 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

51% Grenache Blanc, 24% Bourboulenc, 14% Clairette, 5% Roussanne, 3% Picardan, 3% Picpoul Blanc. Organic. 
Lively and fresh on the nose with almond and pear notes. Sweet and ripe on the palate with a minerally edge. Shortish length. Early drinking. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2026
16

Guigal, Ch de Nalys 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Roussanne, 50% Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc. Tasted at the Guigal cellars.
Mealy and toasty on the nose but the oak well integrated. Plenty of depth and breadth on the palate but drive and persistence as well. Intense but balanced. Can clearly go the extra yard. (JL)

15%
Drink
2023
2032
16.5 +

Albin Jacumin, La Bégude des Papes 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc. Aged in concrete egg (40%), new oak (20%) and tank (40%).
Fruity and floral with generous fruit on the palate. Juicy and round, the ripeness at perfect pitch. Zesty finish. Best drunk young to make the most of that fruit expression. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2025
16.5

Dom de la Janasse 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette. Aged seven months in concrete tank (80%) and new and old oak (10% each).
Subtly and agreeably toasty, the oak well integrated and supporting the fruit. Full, round and broad across the palate. Lots of fleshy fruit but stays harmonious and fresh. Best with food. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2028
16.5 +

Ch Jas de Bressy 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Grenache Blanc, 50% Roussanne. Aged nine months in old barrels and concrete.
Ripe and creamy with confit-fruit notes and well-integrated oak. Full, round and fleshy on the palate. Quite big and sweet but the alcohol well maintained, a zesty edge providing balance. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2027
16 +

Dom L'Or de Line 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Grenache Blanc, 10% Picardan, 10% Picpoul Blanc, 10% Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Roussanne. Organic. Tank aged.
Richer colour. A floral note but quite reserved. Full, round and fleshy on the palate with more of an apple flavour. A bitter freshness in behind, the acidity a little jarring on the finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2026
15

Dom de Marcoux 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

70% Roussanne, 30% Bourboulenc. Aged nine months in tank (60%) and demi-muid. Organic.
Ripe but vibrant with a hint of buttery oak. Palate round and sweet, the oak present but integrated and some juicy fruit behind. Long and dry on the finish. Could be of more interest if it shrugs off the oak. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2023
2028
16 +

Julien Masquin, Intimiste 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc. Aged eight months in tank (75%), demi-muid (20%) and old barrels.
Full and creamy with a hint of melon and stone fruit. Palate ripe, full and round but zesty as well. Juicy and fleshy with appetising acidity that runs all the way through. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2027
16.5

André Mathieu 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Clairette, 40% Grenache Blanc, 5% Picpoul Blanc, 5% Bourboulenc. Aged three months in tank.
Quite lithe and fresh with floral and apple-skin notes. Certainly, less weighty but there’s a depth of fruit, freshness and balance. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2020
2026
16

Ch Maucoil 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

70% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Clairette. Aged in tank. Organic.
Apple aroma with a herbal edge. Palate initially has sweetness but finishes with a grassy, chewy, bitter note. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2026
15

Gabriel Meffre, Laurus 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc. Aged seven months in old barrels.
Creamy and toasty, the oak apparent but integrated in the fruit. Palate full, round and fleshy, the fruit with an attractive ripeness. Some sweetness but finishes dry, the oak again making its presence. (JL)

14%
Drink
2023
2027
16

Ch Mont-Redon 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

55% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 10% Picpoul Blanc. 
Long and linear with sufficient weight of fruit. Some sweet ripeness but the appley acidity and freshness carry the wine along. Clean and precise in execution. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2022
2028
16.5

Ch La Nerthe 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

47% Roussanne, 38% Grenache Blanc, 13% Clairette, 2% Bourboulenc. Aged six months in tank (30%), demi-muid (30%) and new and old barrels (20% each). Organic.
Touch of reduction but blows away to reveal a more floral edge. Round and intense on the palate with impressive concentration of fruit. Oak present adding sweetness. Just sufficient freshness. Clearly has the capacity to age. (JL)

14%
Drink
2023
2032
16.5

Dom du Pegau, Cuvée Réservée 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Roussanne, 10% Bourboulenc. Aged eight months in tank. Biodynamic.
Zesty, baked-apple note with a mealy, nutty presence. Touch of oak on the palate but integrated, the fruit ripe, round and juicy with a freshness that runs all the way through. Quite complex with a honeyed note on the end. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2028
16.5

Roger Perrin 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette, 7% Picardan, 3% Bourboulenc. Aged 10 months in tank (80%) and new oak.
Apple and cream nose. Palate sweet but with a leanness to the fruit, the buttery oak dominant. Chewy finish. Not really all together. (JL)

14.4%
Drink
2023
2026
15

Dom de Pignan 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette Rose, 10% Bourboulenc, 5% Picardan, 5% Picpoul Blanc. Aged six months in new oak (25%) and stainless steel (75%).
Apple and pear aromas. Ripe and round with a touch of oak. Fleshy with a bitter-fresh finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2027
16

Dom de la Présidente 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc. Aged nine months in tank (90%) and new oak. 
Grassy and green on the nose. Supple and fleshy but the acidity does stick out a little. Tangy-bitter finish. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2025
15

Cellier des Princes 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Roussanne, 40% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc. Aged eight months in old barrels.
Confected nose, the oak and sweetness to the fore. Heavy and tiring, the oak and alcohol again showing on the finish. (JL)

15%
Drink
2022
2025
14.5

Jean Royer 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Bourboulenc, 10% Roussanne, 10% Clairette. 
Green-apple notes, the palate light and astringent. A little musty as well. Sharp and angular on the finish. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2020
2024
14

Dom des Saumades 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 25% Bourboulenc. Aged in old barrels. 
Dull and a little heavy without any aromatic attraction. Palate fleshy and round with adequate fruit and a stony freshness but little length on the finish. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2022
2026
15.5

Dom des Sénéchaux 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

33% Roussanne, 29% Clairette, 28% Grenache Blanc, 10% Bourboulenc. Aged in tank (75%) and old barrels.
Delicately floral on the nose, the palate round and succulent with a minerally freshness. Persistent finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2028
16 +

Ch Simian, Le Traversier 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne, 10% Clairette. Aged six months in demi-muid (50%) and tank. Organic.
Creamy and buttery on the nose and palate, the oak leading the dance. But there is juicy fruit behind. Just not sure it will get the measure of the oak. (JL)

13.8%
Drink
2023
2027
15.5 +

Dom de la Solitude 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

35% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 15% Bourboulenc. Aged in tank (55%) and new oak (45%). Organic.
Reticent but complex with just a hint of melon and stone fruit. Palate generous and full with a density of fruit and minerally edge that runs all the way through. Touch of oak on the finish but hidden depths here with freshness and balance. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2023
2035
17 +

Dom St-Laurent 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Clairette, 40% Grenache Blanc. Aged in tank.
Apple and apple-skin aroma and flavour. A touch of sweetness to the medium-bodied fruit then dry. Green acidity marking the finish. Texturally a little tart. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2026
15.5

Dom St-Préfert 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

60% Clairette, 40% Roussanne. Aged six months in demi-muid. Organic. 
Creamy on the nose with some buttery, toasted oak. Palate ripe, round, zesty and juicy with the buttery oak still present. Appealing but the finish is a little (oak) dry. Needs food. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2023
2028
16.5

Dom de St-Siffrein 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

35% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne, 3% Picpoul Gris, 2% Picardan. Aged 10 months in new oak (40%) and tank (60%). Organic.
Bruised apple with the creamy edge of oak. A little too much sweetness from the oak on the palate, the fruit a little light and left behind. Oak again on the finish but there is some freshness. (JL)

14%
Drink
2023
2026
15

Tour St-Michel, Cuvée des Deux Soeurs 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

70% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc. Aged in tank. 
Perhaps a floral note but aromatically quite discreet. Full and fleshy on the palate but with a bitter edge behind and on the finish. Seems out of sync but could evolve. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2023
2028
15.5

Vidal-Fleury 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Clairette, 10% Roussanne. Aged in tank.
Pleasant apple and pear aroma and flavour. Palate a little flat but sufficient fruit. Just lacks a little zest and is short on the finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2022
2025
15.5

Dom de St-Paul 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

34% Grenache Blanc, 33% Roussanne, 33% Clairette. Aged nine months in new (67%) and old barrels.
Rich, creamy and tropical, the oak clearly apparent on the nose and palate. A little too sweet and heavy, the alcohol present on the finish. Lacks refreshment. (JL)

15%
Drink
2023
2027
15

Vacqueyras

Arnoux et Fils, Vieux Clocher 2020 Vacqueyras

60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Viognier.
Viognier comes through on the nose, the stone fruit apparent. Ripe but fresh with good acidity to match the sweetness of fruit. Short on the finish. Drink soon. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2021
2023
15

Dom de la Brunely, Tour Blanche 2020 Vacqueyras

45% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier.
Grassy and underripe on the nose. Acidity marked on the palate. Aggressive and lacking fruit. (JL)

14%
Drink
2021
2023
14.5

Le Clos de Caveau, Louis d'Or 2020 Vacqueyras

80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette. Organic.
Restrained nose with a slight creamy edge. Full and round on the palate but with a surprising line of acidity. Bit short and hard on the finish. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2021
2023
15.5

Le Clos des Cazaux, Les Clefs d'Or 2020 Vacqueyras

50% Clairette, 30% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc. Aged nine months in tank.
Slightly reductive nose initially then floral, apple and pear notes. More complexity than initially imagined. Palate full and suave with a slight honeyed edge and bitter-edged freshness. Some potential to evolve. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2021
2026
16.5 +

Font Sarade, Le Penchant 2020 Vacqueyras

50% Roussanne, 25% Clairette, 25% Viognier. Aged in tank (80%) and new oak.
Aromatic, stone-fruit nose with notes of peach and apricot. Round and fleshy but with a minerally edge, a bitter note providing freshness on the finish. (JL)

13.5%
Drink
2021
2023
16

La Fourmone, Le Fleurantine 2020 Vacqueyras

Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne. Aged in tank (50%) and demi-muid and barrel. Organic.
Delicately fragrant nose with floral and apple notes. Palate round and full with a slightly bitter edge. Low acidity but the zesty bitterness provides some freshness. (JL)

14%
Drink
2021
2024
15.5

La Ligière, Le Chemin Blanc 2020 Vacqueyras

40% Clairette, 40% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc, 10% Viognier. Organic.
Undistinguished nose with a grassy edge. Some sweetness on the palate with a bitter freshness but lacks harmony and focus. (JL)

13%
Drink
2021
2023
14.5

Mas des Restanques 2020 Vacqueyras

50% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, 5% Clairette. Aged in 500-litre barrels. Organic.
Creamy Viognier apricot and peach aroma. Ripe but restrained on the palate, the fruit full but bright, a line of acidity giving drive and keeping everything in proportion. Some well-integrated oak. Quite long on the finish. (JL)

14.5%
Drink
2021
2025
16

La Monardière, Galéjade 2020 Vacqueyras

50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 25% Roussanne. Organic.
Attractive stone-fruit aroma with a creamy edge. Palate has a real depth of ripe fruit; round and gourmand with just enough acidity to provide balance. Ideally a wine for the table. (JL)

Drink
2021
2024
16

Montirius, Minéral 2020 Vacqueyras

50% Bourboulenc, 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne. Biodynamic.
Subtle pear, mineral and chalky notes. Vibrant, long and linear on the palate with plenty of drive. Bright acidity so real tension. Clean, fresh, persistent finish. Aperitif or with food. (JL)

13%
Drink
2021
2025
16.5

Les Ondines, Passion 2020 Vacqueyras

45% Clairette, 30% Roussanne, 16% Grenache Blanc, 9% Viognier. Tank sample.
Lifted and fruity on the nose. Palate clean but neutral. Marked acidity but no real excitement. (JL)

Drink
2022
2023
14.5

Ch des Roques, Cuvée Blanche 2020 Vacqueyras

25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc, 25% Marsanne, 25% Viognier. Aged in tank. 
Aromatically restrained with just a hint of the Viognier. Round, supple and fresh, the finish clean but short. (JL)

14%
Drink
2021
2023
15

Dom de la Tourade, Eva 2020 Vacqueyras

70% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Viognier. Aged in tank.
Aromatically dull with just a grassy edge. Some sweetness to the fruit but notable acidity. Slightly astringent finish. (JL)

14%
Drink
2021
2023
14.5

Images © Christophe Grilhé, courtesy of Inter Rhône.