Tag Archives: White Rhone

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Parallèle 45 Blanc, 2011, Côtes du Rhône, France

12 Jan

14This white Côtes du Rhône takes its name from the 45th parallel, which runs two kilometers from the estate’s cellars. A banner on the label reads “Ici Commence Le Sud,” or “Here begins the South” of France. Accordingly, the ripe, fresh fruit on the nose and palate is graced by white flowers, citrus fruit and a juicy finish. Enjoy with chicken enchiladas. $15

Gilles Barge “La Solarie,” 2010, Condrieu, France

15 Oct

026From Condrieu in the Rhône Valley, where they make the world’s finest expression of Viognier, this full-bodied white shows off aromas of elderflower, ripe peach and apricot. The palate is mouth-filling and luscious, with solid acidity and a smooth, persistent finish. Drink aujourd’hui (that’s today) or over the next several years. Enjoy with grilled king salmon. $65

Mas de Libian “Cave Vinum” White Blend, 2012, Rhône Valley, France

13 Aug

DSCN1767-001Cave vinum (Latin): “Beware the wine.” Named after the inscription Cave canem (“Beware of the dog”) found in the ruins of Pompeii, this white blend makes its presence felt as soon as the cork pops and the bouquet begins to waft. But fear not: this is delicious wine, a white blend of 45% Viognier, 35% Roussanne, and 20% Clairette from the Ardèche region of France’s southern Rhône valley. Notes of sweet citrus, lemongrass and fennel are accented by a refreshing seam of acidity. A fascinating, savory, soil-driven wine that should perform well with spicy braised chicken thighs. $16