Posted on Jul, 31. 2012 by Michael Davis
GOOD GAWD! A white Cote du Rhone has me shrieking like James Brown. Yep…a WHITE Cote du Rhone. Famous for their great reds, the Southern Rhone Valley also puts out a small number of terrific whites. Unfortunately, most of them don’t leave France because the producers like to drink them over the long hot summers.
The moment I stuck my nose in the glass I was transported back to a little French candy shop in Provence. The smell of honey, fresh flowers and dried fruit was like a big hug from Grandma. On the palate this wine really delivers. It starts with luxuriously ripe pear, melon and mango and finishes with a lip smacking citrus and grapefruit. Perfectly balanced. I want another sip, another bite, another kiss…er…sorry. Got carried away there.
It’s no surprise I love this wine. Saint Cosme makes some of the world’s most respected Chateuneuf-du-Pape and the Barruol family has been at it since 1570. That’s not a typo. To get a wine with this pedigree for way under $20 is a major coup. Do not dawdle.
The blend is Roussanne, Viognier, Marsan
Chicken, Fish, Cream Sauces, Mushroom Pastas and Hard Cheeses.
2011 Saint Cosme, Côtes du Rhône Blanc
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Retail Price: $19.99