Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette
Côtes Du Rhône, France
Alc. 13 %
If you mention Côtes Du Rhône AOP to most wine fans, you're going to end up talking about reds. But that isn't all the region has to offer. CDR is also home to many white varietals, which are harvested and used to create outstanding white blends. They can be a little more difficult to find, but we certainly think they are worth the extra search effort! Côtes Du Rhône follows the epic Rhône — one of Europe's largest rivers — and is arguably France's most prolific winemaking regions. More specifically, CDR is home to some of the oldest vineyards on earth and makes up for well over 60% of all regional wine. Of that, less than 5% of wine produced here is white. Many restrictions are in place in the region, including that all white wine produced here must be at least 80%: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier.
This white blend from Bruno Lafon includes 3 of those varietals: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and the result is a delicious white we are so excited to get in your glass! This 2018 vintage is ready for you to enjoy now at a nicely chilled 8 C.
Pale gold with a bright, lemon-toned centre. Clear at the edges with a nice gradual fade out of the core.
Oh the fruit! All three varietals in this blend really shine, with their fruit-forward qualities coming through. We get notes of peach, honeysuckle, and juicy apple. Let this sit in your glass a little and you'll pick up on subtle herbal notes like green almond and fennel. Don't be fooled though - this blend is full of life from plenty of orchard fruits!
Similar to the nose, we are met with great abundance of stone and tree fruit. Peach, apricot, and mango offer just enough sweetness, that is by no means overbearing. Hints of rose and honeysuckle meet the fruits nicely, and add to the lightness likely brought in from the inclusion of Clairette. With Viognier and Grenache Blanc being more full-bodied, the Clairette evens the wine out nicely while allowing the acidity to stay at a pleasant midrange. This isn't a sweet wine and has a nice soft spiciness to its finish.
If you're spending your time these days baking fresh bread, you aren't alone. Slice up your latest loaf and serve salmon terrine with capers, leeks, and fennel. If you want to keep things even more light, a lentil chickpea salad with zucchini and goat cheese would also be a great summer dinner.