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2013 Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve - 87 PTS - WA - RP

wa300"One of my favorite estates in Châteauneuf du Pape (an area now being brilliantly covered by my colleague Jeb Dunnuck), Domaine Grand Veneur is internationally recognized for their fabulous Châteauneuf du Papes, but they also produce some terrific values. The estate wines are sold under the Grand Veneur label, but they have also started a négociant business under the name Alain Jaume. Those wines have been very promising as well.
Under the Grand Veneur label, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Réserve is composed of 50% Roussanne, 40% Viognier and 10% Clairette. This cuvée never sees any oak. The 2013 exhibits lots of flowery (rose petals) notes intermixed with hints of caramelized melon, white peach and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, crisp, dry and refreshing, it should drink well for 1-2 years. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 pts

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