Love White Burgundies? Best Alternatives Three Pack
RHÔNE WHITES ARE THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO WHITE BURGUNDIES
- JEAN-LUC JAMET - COTE DU RHONE "COUZOU" 2016 - $58
Jean-Luc Jamet is an iconic producer of the North Rhône Valley, home to the best Syrah the world has to offer. The Couzou cuvée of Côte du Rhône comes from within Côte-Rôtie appellation in Bonnivières in the Côte Brune.
This wine has a beautiful shinny yellow colour to it; the bouquet opens nicely with pear and apricot with a thread of infused tea, clarity, dried fruits. There is comfortable grasp on the attach of the palate displaying white fruits, saline moments appear towards the finish, as well as a touch of honey. This has good character. The Viognier leaves a good plumpness and texture. It has structure, nice length. This wine is made of 60% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne, 20% Viognier (early-mid 1980s) from 1 hectare on quite deep soils on Bonnivières & Champron in Côte-Rôtie. It can be paired with prawns, roast chicken, grilled barramundi. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2024+.
- BERNARD GRIPA - SAINT-PÉRAY "FIGUIERS" 2017 - $85
Domaine Bernard Gripa is producing as much white wine as it is red. This is unusual in a region where white wine production is scarce. Saint Péray is the southernmost appellation of the northern Rhône Valley. Part of the Domaine’s fine reputation comes from its top quality Saint Péray wines. The appellation is lesser known, but savvy wine connoisseurs are wise to its incredible value. “Les Figuiers” is the Domaine’s top cuvée of Saint Péray. The Gripa’s use their old vines of more than 50 years to produce the nectar.
The nose is rich with flower, beeswax, stone fruits and a hint of spice. The minerality in this wine creates a terrific and complex palate with juicy stone fruits and fresh spice on the finish. It would pair very well with seafood, spicy dishes and white meat. It is perfect to drink in its youth. Made of 40% Marsanne, 60% Roussanne.
- BERNARD GRIPA - SAINT-JOSEPH 2017 - $78
Domaine Gripa is producing as much white wine as it is red. This is unusual in a region where white wine production is scarce; in Saint Joseph, white production represents a mere 9% of the appellation’s total. The vineyards are planted on granite soil specific to Saint Joseph.
It develops nice flavours of flower and fresh stone fruits on the nose. The taste is delicate and dense, with low acidity and a complex mouthfeel. It would pair well with fish, white meat cooked with butter, or a cream sauce. This wine is better drunk in its youth, with a cellaring potential of four to five years. 70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne.