92 POINTS: JEB DUNNUCK - Made from 100% Clairette, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Pure Blanc sports a medium gold hue as well as a terrific
nose of caramelized peach, orange blossom, toasted spices, white flowers, and a kiss of background barrique. With medium-bodied richness, a layered, elegant texture, and outstanding length on the finish, it has come together nicely
from barrel and can be enjoyed today or cellared for a solid 10-12 years if you’re so inclined.
Pure Blanc from Domaine La Barroche is extremely elegant and delicate. This cuvée has fresh, floral, and spicy overtones as well as subtle nuances of fennel and star anise. It features a pure, mineral favor with excellent crispness and a great deal of energy. Round, but not rich, this graceful wine reveals all its fullness and personality if decanted beforehand. Consisting of very fine sand of marine origin, the iron-rich terroir that produces Pure Blanc has an outstanding subsoil supplying the vines with water and nutrients. The vineyard's unique geology is conducive to a range of extremely refined aromas in the wine, as well as an elegant, silky mouth feel accompanied by a great deal of freshness. This 100% Clairette is a shining example of one of the oldest grape varieties in Provence, first planted in the 14th century – which is also when the family domaine was founded. Label: Devoid of artifice, and as symbolic as it is flamboyant, Pure Blanc's blood-red label is intentionally very different from Pure Rouge's immaculate white label. In an allusion to the poster painted by Ronan Barrot for the 2017 Avignon Festival, Pure Blanc also celebrates the first meeting that same year of Laetitia & Julien Barrot and their cousin, the artist – proof, if need be, that textures, aromas, and colors are part of the family's DNA.