White Rhône Blend

White Rhône Blend

With the exception of the wines from Condrieu and Château-Grillet virtually all Rhône Valley whites are made from blends.

In the north, the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and St-Péray are produced from blends of Marsanne and Roussanne. Generally Marsanne is the dominant partner and it lends colour, body and weight to the blend, as well as richly scented fruit. Roussanne, a notoriously low yielder and pernickety to grow, produces intensely aromatic wines which contribute bouquet, delicacy and finesse to the blend.

Until about 15 years ago there was very little interest in southern Rhône whites as it was widely believed that the combination of dull non aromatic grapes and the baking summer heat meant quality wine production was nigh impossible. Since then the quality has improved markedly through the introduction of cool fermentation techniques and increased plantings of northern Rhône white grapes.

The base of many blends is still Grenache Blanc, a widely planted variety producing fresh wines with apple-like fruits, often with hints of aniseed. Ugni Blanc is still found in many blends, as is Clairette though their general lack of character and definition has led to a reduction in plantings. The future for southern Rhône whites appears to lie with Roussanne, Marsanne, and, increasingly, Viognier.

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2019 St Joseph Blanc, Les Granilites, M. Chapoutier, Rhône
White
2019
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13.5% Alcohol
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2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Château La Nerthe, Rhône
White
2020
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13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Pure Roussane, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône
White
2015
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14.0% Alcohol
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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine de la Janasse, Rhône
White
2016
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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Pure Roussane, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône
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2016
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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Prestige, Domaine de la Janasse, Rhône
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2016
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2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos de Beauvenir, Château La Nerthe, Rhône
White
2014
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2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Pure Roussane, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône
White
2014
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2018 St Joseph Blanc, Les Granilites, Maison Chapoutier, Rhône
White
2018
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13.5% Alcohol
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2017 St Péray, Lieu-dit Biousse, Yves Cuilleron, Rhône
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2017
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14.5% Alcohol
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2012 Hermitage Blanc, Le Chevalier de Sterimberg, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Rhône
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2012
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13.5% Alcohol
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2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Roussanne, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône
White
2007
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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos de Beauvenir, Château La Nerthe, Rhône
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2010
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2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône
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2006
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14.0% Alcohol
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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Magis, Rotem & Mounir Saouma, Rhône
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2015
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14.0% Alcohol
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2019 Hermitage Blanc, Le Chevalier de Sterimberg, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Rhône
White
2019
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13.0% Alcohol
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