Boutinot 2018 La Fleur Solitaire

Côtes du Rhône-white blend

50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, 10% Viognier

  1. at Waterfront Wine and Spirits

This blend is from the southern Côtes du Rhône region, based on the grapes used. Each of these 4 grapes bring something different, but needed to the blend. Grenache Blanc gives its bright fruitiness, Roussanne its honey, beeswaxy body, Viognier offers the floral nose, and Clairette provides low acidity, adds citrus flavors, and increases the alcohol of a blend.

The wine has medium to fast legs and is at 13.5% abv, so a little high for a French white, but not for the Rhône.

The color is a straw yellow close to harvest.

The wine is clean and clear and does not show much rim variation.

The smell is of peach, apricot, brook stones, orange blossoms and honeysuckle.

The taste is of canned peach, candied apricot, sweet cantaloupe, and honey. These sound like "sweet descriptors", but don't worry this is a dry wine.

Very light in mouth feel, and almost silky feeling because of the Roussanne and Clairette. The wine has enough acidity to be a wonderful food wine or is low enough to be a great porch pounder. This wine really shines at about 48º, so take it out of your fridge (42º) 5-10 minutes before serving. However, if you can't wait, know that more honey will present itself with apricot, and when you get towards the bottom of the glass you will get more peach and some of that honeydew, and the wine will be absolutely fabulous.

The finish is soft but complex, and starts off with the fresh fruit then gets tarter in the middle and finishes off with the earthiness of an unprocessed honey.

I'd pair this wine with a fresh citrusy salad that ends with some seared Tofu over rice and lemony veggies. Yummy, yummy. Now I'm hungry and thirsty!