Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette
Côtes du Rhône, France
Alc. 13 %
Since 1987, Ravoire et Fils (Ravoire and Sons) have been involved in the wine industry. Initially, the family was not interested in making their own wines, instead they first focused on the maturation and bottling of local wines. Roger's son, Olivier, was the first to create his own label in 2006.
The Ravoire family owns top properties in both Provence and the Rhône Valley, with a focus on the top two key varietals from these regions, Grenache and Syrah. A white Rhône blend is typically composed of a combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Picpoul, Clairette, and Viognier. In La Poulardière, the Grenache Blanc (30%) offers flavours of stone fruit and a plush mouthfeel. Clairette (20%), meaning 'light one', is mostly used in sparkling wines, and blended here, contributes higher alcohol and fresh flavours of citrus and stone fruit. Viognier and Roussanne, 20% of each, bring great aromatics and texture to the wine. Enjoy within 2 years at 10 C.
Glimmering yellow in the bottle but a much softer, straw colour in your glass.
Notes of lemon segments, apple blossoms and wet slate provide an overall floral and mineral character to the wine. The floral aromas are linked to the Viognier and Roussanne. There is also an oily quality of bees wax, lime zest and olive oil.
The oil and mineral aromas have translated to texture on the palate, the wine is slick and steely across the tongue. Medium bodied, there is ample presence and luxurious mouthfeel. The acidity is crisp and fresh, highlighting golden apples and riper notes of tangerine. The finish holds onto crushed gravel and bitter lemon pith.
A rich body gives numerous pairing options, from eggplant parmesan to roasted pork tenderloin. Any dish with lobster would be a treat, from poached to risotto, or a decadent brunch.
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Retail: $22.00 Club: $19.80