Rating 91Drink Date 2019 - 2024Reviewed by Joe CzerwinskiIssue Date 30th Aug 2019Source Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine AdvocateThe 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc comes from the domaines single hectare of white grapes, planted to 80 Roussanne and 20 Bourboulenc. One-third is fermented in demi-muids, while the rest goes into stainless steel. Pineapple and guava notes appear on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is clean and crisp, with a fresh, zesty finish.Once past the loud German Shepherd at Marcoux, I met with the soft-spoken Vincent Armenier, Sophies son, who is taking on more responsibility at the domaine. The bad news is that theres no Vieilles Vignes bottling from 2018 because of the mildew. The good news is that the regular 2018 Chteauneuf du Pape is one of the better examples of that Ive tasted. "I think its a nice vintage," said Armenier modestly. The 2017s are also successful, a vintage that required very little sorting, according to Armernier. Looking back at the 2009s and beyond, they are both in their prime drinking windows, while the stunning 1989 Vieilles Vignes the first vintage bottled looks to be starting its slow descent. Thirty years is a darn impressive run.