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Paul Jaboulet Ainé Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

This wine is a blend of grenache blanc, viognier, marsanne and bourboulenc. So a couple of less frequently seen grape varieties in an Australian context (grenache blanc and bourboulenc). The distinctive feature of this wine is its very full bodied, viscous palate. The viognier seemingly tries to break out of the wine and go it alone, revealing its distinctive apricot kernel character and the palate has an at times thick syrup like texture. The finish is dry and the acidity low. A full bodied slightly wobbly wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable. Website: https://www.paul-jaboulet-aine.fr. Reviewed: June 2020.

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Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

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
Abv: 14%
Price: $32.50 ($29.25 in dozen)
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://bordeauxandbeyond.com
Tasted: 2016