After not being much of a white wine guy I'm finding I really enjoying White CdPs have had a few over the past few years and have continued to stock up on some. I see a bit of variability when it comes to aging potential across the various professional reviewers - some recommend that they should be taken down within the first 5-7 years of life and others say to keep 'em for 2-3 decades. I also see some reviews that say "either drink it 2-3 years after release or wait a decade" indicating that there's a bit of a shutdown phase.

I wonder if aging potential is a feature of Roussanne specifically and maybe other grapes lend themselves to earlier consumption. 

Would love to hear what experiences others have had and any advice.




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Small sample size.  I’ve had excellent experiences with bottles 2-3 years after release and a 15-16 yr bottle that ShaneT brought to an offline.   Then meh bottles that were 7-9 years old.  I have a couple bottles of 2003 Sterimberg that I am curious about.  

Apart from Beaucastel VV, I’ve had the most luck with drinking within 4-5 years from the vintage. (2-3 years from release.)  The Beaucastel VV, on the other hand, generally needs to be consumed *immediately* or after 12+ years from vintage, in my experience. 

Roussanne / Marsanne from Hermitage is a little different. In general I prefer them 12+ years from vintage and some of the best continue to improve for several years after that. Chapoutier’s St. Joseph Les Granites is an exceptional wine (I believe 100% Marsanne) that very closely resembles white Hermitage but tends to mature a tiny bit more quickly.

Thanks DoubleD & Winetarelli - confirms more or less my thoughts on what to do with the bottle of 2010 Beaucastel VV that I have. I also have a 2016 Janasse Prestige that I’m excited to try - maybe soonish. I guess an approach is to buy two bottles and just try them a decade apart :-)


I had an exchange with James Molesworth 15 years ago on this subject but can't find that link.  Basically I think it comes down to preference, and I've found I prefer these younger rather than older.  I still have an 01 Boisrenard Blanc I'm holding based on the conversation with James back then and the promise I'd open it at 20 years old.

This subject interested me, as I think the only aged CDP blanc I've had was a Beaucastel VV.  I've had a few CDP blancs pretty soon after release, which I really enjoyed (the most recent being Domaine de Beaurenard which was really tasty).  It made me take a look at wine-searcher, winebid, etc., to see if I could find some readily available aged CDP blancs, and it didn't look all that abundant.  There are plenty of Northern Rhone aged whites, which I really enjoy, but not the case with the Southern Rhone.  Maybe the lack of supply leans towards the answer being that they are best consumed young...

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