89 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2014
(65% viognier and 15% roussanne, with marsanne and tiny bits of clairette and bourboulenc): Pale yellow. Fresh peach and white flowers on the spice-accented nose; really showing its viognier component today. Fleshy orchard and pit fruit flavors are firmed by a tangy orange zest quality picking up a smoky quality with air. Closes on a lively, stony note, with good energy and lingering floral and ginger notes.
The entire Rhone Valley is frequently referred to as the Cotes du Rhone, but this is also the name of the generic appellation that covers more than 100 communes in the region north of Avignon. The primary varieties cultivated here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Wines simply labeled Cotes du Rhone may rank at the bottom of the hierarchy...
Marsanne, the most widely planted white grape of the northern Rhone Valley, has a long history-- not in single varietal bottlings, but rather as a blending grape. In Hermitage, Marsanne is blended with Roussane to produce the white wine of the appellation; in our opinion, white Hermitage is one of the most overlooked great wines of the world. Incidentally, along with Roussane, up to... Read More »
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