First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites. This wine is from Château d’Anglès from the La Clape appellation which is actually further south in the Languedoc, but the principle remains the same. It’s a blend of bourboulenc (50%), white grenache (30%), roussanne (10%) and marsanne (10%). Bourboulenc you say? Yes, it’s a Provençal variety that is late ripening and retains its acidity well. It can even be found here in Australia, although there’s less than one hectare of it! It is usually not dominant in white blends in southern France, except in La Clape, which is of course where this wine is from. In the glass, the 2010 vintage from Château d’Anglès has aromas of honey, straw and rock salt. The palate is full bodied with good length and refreshing acidity. This is a balanced and enjoyable white wine that will suit seafood.
Rating: Good to Very Good
Price: $32.50 ($29.25 in dozen)
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