Unusually for Rhone appellations, Vacqueyras has a high proportion of vineyard area devouted to white grapes, so, if anything, we shouldn’t be viewing Vacqueyras Blanc as an obscurity.
However, whenever Rhone wine is mentioned, we all tend to think of the red style. 96% of all wine produced in the Rhone Valley is red. White styles are becoming more prevalent, particularly in light of the global fashion for dry white wine. We are glad that we have this stunning example of Vacqueyras Blanc to showcase the quality of white wines produced in a red dominated region.
Like it’s red counterpart, this wine is wonderfully full and rich and will pair beautifully with many cuisines, even rare steak! It is a blend of 6 varieties: 60% Grenache Blanc, 10% Viognier, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne and 5% Clairette. The Grenache Blanc brings fresh minerality, the Viognier brings a floral note, the Bourboulenc brings stone fruit flavours, the Marsanne has slight nutty almond characters, the Roussanne brings body and smoky herbal aromas and the Clairette brings crisp acidity. This is a very complex wine with great structure and depth of flavour. A great winter white!
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