MARSANNE VIOGNIER from GRANGE DES ROUQUETTE

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2008 Boudinaud Marsanne Viognier Grange des Rouquette
White Wine; White Blend; Other France;
$12.99
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Only $11.04 per bottle with mix and match case discount. Note: Discount will be applied when we process your order and confirmed back in a fulfillment email.
THE FUN NEVER STOPS… New Years was followed by a much anticipated, and needed, staff Holiday dinner (the wines were awesome-a recap will soon follow), then came old calendar Russian Orthodox Christmas, next comes another New Year’s Eve (old calendar) next week, all the while my daughter’s Birthday Fest is in full swing with two family celebrations, and culminating with her first ever children’s party! And so it continues…
Just this morning my husband suggested going on a liquid diet, which I quickly agreed to, though I am sure we had different liquids in mind! As the thought of another rich dinner makes me clutch my stomach with a moan, I’ve been envisioning more scaled back meals along with simpler, more honest, unpretentious wine. The wine that pops up first in my mind, and one that I’ve been meaning to highlight for weeks, which represents to me what I’m getting at is the 2008 Marsanne Viognier from Grange des Rouquette. It is foremost delicious. It is not what I think of as a ‘stand alone’ wine. By that I mean it is not showy and massive nor best served sans food. This Rhone varietal white has crisp minerality interlaced with ripe Asian pear and apple flavors. Medium bodied with lovely, balanced acidity, and a long, dry floral finish, it is a wine that I’ve discovered to be far more versatile and charming than I initially thought. On Fridays, my in-laws help with my daughter after school and prepare dinner (thank you! thank you! thank you!). As is tradition, the Friday Night Fish Fry might consist of baked sole, pesto pasta, fried calamari or more recently, crab. My Sicilian father-in-law is the cook. He likes to say he cooks with love, and I’ll add – with lots of garlic! The 2008 Grange des Rouquette has been a staple of late, a bottle chilled at the ready, and I have to say, in each of the meal scenarios it has performed valiantly. There is enough weight to the wine without overwhelming the palate or the food. I like that it has a slight oxidative note from the Marsanne and a kiss of tropical from the Viognier. How brilliant. You take two grape varietals that can be “ho hum” on their own, blend them together and you get “oh yeah!” Except it is not that simple, it never is. What winemaker Thierry Boudinaud does in the winery makes all the difference. Temperature controlled fermentation, extended skin contact, and batonnage are the preferred ways to coax out more flavor and complexity from his grapes. He has achieved that difficult balance of getting enough oomph without going overboard.
This has nothing to do with anything, but I promised my big brother I’d work this into my next Sunday email. In the past, the kids in my family along with their spouses have pulled names for a Christmas gift exchange. Somewhere along the way, I tired of this and wanted out (for various reasons I do not think it appropriate to get into here). Last year the gift exchange was somehow forgotten, no one brought it up and we skipped it. This year the gift exchange was suggested again and I said adamantly, “I’m out!” After chewing my husband’s ear off, for the umpteenth time, on all the reasons why I wanted out, I experienced something startling, even life changing. It was something like what happened to the Grinch when his heart grew five times that day. I became disgusted with myself and couldn’t understand how I had lost my sense of Christmas. Why not exchange gifts with my siblings whom I love dearly? I was back in! So you know what I got? An extremely large hunk of cheese! Now who gets cheese for Christmas? My big brother said that all my wine write-ups go on and on about comfort foods, so he thought cheese would something I’d like. He was right. My hunk of St. Jorge from Matos Cheese Factory is superb and is a cheese worth seeking out. And incidently, delicious with the 2008 Marsanne Viognier from Grange des Rouquette!-Anya Balistreri
2008 Boudinaud Marsanne Viognier Grange des Rouquette
White Wine; White Blend; Other France;
$12.99
Add to Cart
Only $11.04 per bottle with mix and match case discount. Note: Discount will be applied when we process your order and confirmed back in a fulfillment email.
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