Summer is technically drawing to a close, leaving me slightly blue and nostalgic, but as is customary ‘round these parts, we’re certainly destined for several more days of sunshine. Thus, my mind remains focused on cool, flavorful, refreshing white wines. I particularly favor whites that balance richness of texture with crisp freshness (as you may have noticed, like a broken record, in my other tasting notes). A longtime fan of Rhone whites for this combination of unctuousness and minerality, I am always on the lookout for a bargain, and man, have I found it! At only $12.99 per bottle, this is one to buy by the case. And to sweeten the deal, we are offering this at a 20% discount by the case! That’s only $10.39 per bottle!
Thierry and Veronique Boudinaud’s Grange des Rouquette is situated across the Rhone from Avignon, just south of the appellations of Lirac and Tavel. Over the past ten to fifteen years, they have taken advantage of their small plots of Marsanne and Viognier, fermented in a combination of tank and barrel to create this white that is at once crisp enough for an afternoon picnic spent in blistering sunlight, and round and deep enough for dishes with richly creamy sauces.
Viognier-infused aromas of flowers, peaches and apricots, as well as a whiff of tropical fruit bloom from the glass. Broad-shouldered Marsanne contributes substance and depth on the palate without heaviness, while zippy fruit dances along the palate with minerality and acidity. An attractive creaminess emerges on the long finish thanks to the deft barrel work, but the last word is succulent and crisp.
At this price, indulge in this delicious white during the precious handful of sun-kissed days that lie ahead. This little number is certain to cure any late summer blues and, heck, might even keep the fog at bay a bit longer! – Patrick Mitten