Rhone Blanc, 2016. Les Fustiers

Rhone Blanc, 2016. Les Fustiers

Item #: V0619W2IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Cotes Du Rhone Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Cotes du Rhone, France
Color: Pale Straw
Nose: Acacia, Honeysuckle
Palate: Apricot, White Flowers
Finish: Lovely Floral Hints, Spice
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Seafood, Fowl, Light Meats/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection is another great wine made by a woman. Do you think this could be a trend? Well, we hope so. You see women, by design, have more taste buds than men. So, their ability to detect more flavors and nuance is heightened. Sorry guys, that's just the way it is.

In this case, the winemaker isn't just any woman. Armelle Barbanson is a famous oenologist at the esteemed cellars of Les Fustiers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. She graduated from the University in Montpellier, no less. They have an 800-year history of graduating stars in the field of science, and Armelle was one of their stars. She's one of ours, too.

Some say they can tell when a woman makes a wine because of the delicacy exhibited in the final product. We don't know about that. The only deciding factor is what it tastes like, and this selection offers no argument. It's one of the best we've encountered.

Only about 5% of the wines from Rhone are white. We think the winemakers pay extra attention to them because of that rarity.

In our case, the sublime blend here is Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Viognier. It almost seems unfair to other winemakers when some of them, like Armelle, have such a bountiful source of grapes to choose from.

Here Armelle has crafted an exciting rendition of Rhone Blanc, offering white fruits, honeysuckle and acacia in an endless, inspiring swirl.