Pale yellow color, brilliant with a gold tinge. Primary aroma of flowers and stone fruit. On the palate, the fruit is immediately present with touches of almond and white peach. A slight liveliness appears in the finish, which creates a perfect balance for the natural generosity of this wine.
To consume young in order to preserve the fruitness typicity. Could age 2-3 years.
|Vintage:||2017||Grape Varietals:||Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette||ABV:||13%|
Direct press, fermentation in temperature controlled stainless-steel vats. Early bottling 6 months after harvest.
Excellent with fish, seafood.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F1EE137249RWS||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00600 7||1 07 84585 00600 4||$14.99|
"The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône La Réserve Blanc reveals a light color as well as crisp citrus, white peach, and spice aromas and flavors. With terrific balance, good acidity, and a clean finish, it's a high-quality, textbook Côtes Du Rhône Blanc to drink over the coming year or three."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 16th 2019), 88 pts
"I loved the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Reserve Blanc, a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Clairette brought up in stainless steel. Offering impressive citrus blossom, stony minerality and a hint of sea salt, it’s medium-bodied, fresh, and focused on the palate, with terrific purity. It’s a winner to drink over the coming year or two."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 90 pts
"Ripe yellow apple and nectarine flavors have a touch of white-blossom perfume in this spry, medium-bodied white. It's not a complex wine but fresh and quaffable. The finish is brisk and clean. Enjoy now–2020. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2019), 88 pts
"This easy-drinking white wine is broad on the palate, with just enough acidity to provide a clean, refreshing finish. Ripe melon notes mingle easily with citrus in this mix of Viognier, Roussanne and Clairette. - Joe Czerwinski
- Wine Enthusiast (September 2017), 87 pts
"A year in, year out value, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve is about as pretty, clean and gulpable as they come. Offering fabulous notes of white peach, pear and hints of white flowers, with medium-bodied richness and beautiful purity, it’s a screaming value to drink over the coming year or so. Serious, it’s good. - Jeb Dunnuck"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #227, October 28th 2016), 90 pts
"The Grand Veneur white relies on a somewhat unusual blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Clairette to yield a svelte, medium-bodied wine. Delicate aromas of pencil shavings and pear lead into a palate boasting pear, melon and tangerine flavors. There's just enough citrusy zest to prolong the finish. Drink now–2020."
- Wine Enthusiast (May 2017), 90 pts - Best Buy
"Bright straw. Lively and sharply focused on the nose, displaying scents of dried lemon, green apple and white pepper. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering good weight to the citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Shows a slightly dry edge on the refreshingly bitter finish, which echoes the lemon note. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (June 2016), 87 pts
"Dealing with more challenging vintages, such as 2013 and 2014, couldn't have been easy, but they have succeeded. The 2014 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Reserve, a blend of 40% Viognier, 50% Roussanne and 10% Clairette, is a real steal. Loads of white currant, quince, almond paste, white peach and pineapple are all present in this flowery, medium-bodied deliciously dry and crisp wine. Drink it over the next year."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 88 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25
Go to Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve
"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
Go to Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve
"A great intro into the whites of this region, the value priced 2013 Côtes du Rhône Reserve Blanc (50% Roussanne, 40% Viognier, 10% Clairette aged all in stainless steel) gives up ample white peach and lemon-laced stone fruits, medium-bodied richness and juicy, vibrant acidity that shines on the finish. It's a seriously quaffable white to drink over the coming year or so. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014), 87 pts
"The outstanding Grand Veneur 2012 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve (a blend of 50% Roussanne, 40% Viognier and 10% Clairette) may be the highest-quality dry white Rhone made at this price point. Abundant white peach, honeysuckle and spring flower aromas intermixed with a hint of apricot marmalade jump from the glass of this lovely, medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, pure yet intense and perfumed white wine. Drink it over the next year."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 90 pts + BEST BUY
"Flowers and stone fruits on the nose; lively and inviting, layered flavors of peach and apricot; great minerality and acidity make this dry white perfect with oysters on the half shell or a fresh summer salad."
Beverage Dynamics (May /June), 92 pts
"The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve, which is a blend of 50% Roussanne, 40% Viognier and 10% Clairette aged in tank, is just delicious. Elegant floral notes are followed by hints of white peach, apricot jam and honeysuckle. Crisp, fresh, medium-bodied and very lively, it even displays a hint of minerality, which gives zestiness and vibrancy to this wine."
Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 88 pts BEST BUY