Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 - Laurus

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A fruity white, typical from the Rhône valley and the flowery Viognier grape, which offers aromas of peach and apricot as well as white flowers. Shiny golden colour, elegant nose and tasty palate with a fair finish: all ingredients needed for a good experience. Will be paired perfectly with fish dishes or goat cheese.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Maison Gabriel Meffre Eye Shiny, light golden colour
Vintage 2013 Nose  Aromatic nose of apricot and white flowers
Appellation Côtes du Rhône Mouth Round and fresh on the palate with notes of quince jelly
Area Rhône Valley   Fresh and long-lasting finish
Colour White Drink from Now
Grapes Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Drink before 2016
  Marsanne, Bourboulenc Open  Open and drink
Type Dry Drinking temperature 10-12°C
       
Food pairing
Very easy drinking white, enjoy it with white fish, goat cheese dishes or veggie pie.
 
A word about the domain
Laurus is the high-end brand of the winemaker Gabriel Meffre, a “Negoce” house created in 1936. From a small family business at the beginning, it has become a well-established house, producing great and very consistent wines either from its own domains or its “negoce” activity. For Laurus, the house is selecting only the best grapes from their partners and is taking a very important part in the management of the vineyards to ensure the highest quality. Winemaking is then made according to the house “savoir-faire” and many critics have been praising their wines as great example of the Rhône Valleys appellations.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 2* (Good production)

About the wine
Wine Spectator: 90 (on 2012 vintage)
"Juicy, with Cavaillon melon, green almond and pear notes coursing along, staying defined through the lively finish."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Stony alluvial terraces and pebbly clay soils
Age of vines 35 years old
Yield 35 hl/ha
Maturing 8 months in oak barrels
Production 16,000 btls
Bottled May 2014
Alcohol 13.5%

 

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