Les Dauphins Reserve, Blanc Cotes-du-Rhone 2013

The Data

Country   France

Appellation   Cotes-du-Rhone

Varietal   White Blend

Retail Price   $12.99

ABV   12.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, pale straw color.

Aromatics

The nose is fresh and floral with scents of red grapefruit, white peach, and apricot with hints of mineral and citrus zest.

Flavor

The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a vibrant, fruit-driven core with flanking notes of mineral and crisp lemon zest.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and vibrant with a generous dose of crisp acidity.

Cool Factor

A

While the reds of the Côtes du Rhône are rapidly gaining fans the whites are too often overlooked, which is a mistake. When fresh, like the Les Dauphins, they are beautiful and versatile.

Value Grade

A

We need more cheap and cheerful whites with depth and style like the Les Dauphins Blanc

Analysis

The wines from Les Dauphins have taken Europe by storm. The perfect combination of style, hedonistic pleasure and value have made the brand an overnight success. Now these wines have arrived in the US. Their Côtes du Rhône Blanc is made with a classic blend of 65% Grenache Blanc, 15% Marsanne, 10% Clairette, and 10% Viognier.

How to Enjoy

Serve well chilled at happy hour or pair with fruit and chilled seafood.

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