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Chateau De Vaudieu Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - A smoking white that's a blend of 75% Grenache Blanc and 25% Roussanne, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc offers up thrilling notes of...
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Domaine Faury St. Joseph Blanc 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Green-tinged gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the perfumed nose, with a sexy floral nuance adding...
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E. Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Another rock solid vintage for this cuvee, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone Blanc (65% Viognier) offers terrific clarity and purity in its...
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E. Guigal Crozes Hermitage White 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - A blend of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne, the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is also outstanding. Almond paste, crushed rock, white flower...
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E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Showing similar to last year, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc (which doesn't include the grapes that went into the Ex Voto) is a fabulous white...
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E. Guigal St. Joseph Blanc 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - (raised in 50% stainless steel, 25% new and 25% used barriques): Vivid yellow-gold. The nose offers ripe citrus and pit fruit aromas,...

France Rhone Valley White Rhone Blend

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.
The Rhone Valley of southern France is a particularly fascinating wine region, with a history that stretches back to at least six hundred BCE, when the ancient Greeks first began cultivating vines there. The region itself is split into two distinct sub-regions, with the northern sub-region being famed for its production of exceptional Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier wines, packed full of interesting character and expressing the terroir found there. The southern sub-region is home to an enormous variety of grapes, and produces red, white and rosé wines, and some of the world's most famous and adored blended wines. The continental climate of the region is ideal for growing grapes, and the winds which blow from the Central Massif help temper the heat in the vineyards, leading to very ripe fruits holding plenty of flavor.
The Rhone region of France has been producing superb quality white blended wines for centuries, and is a region highly respected and esteemed around the world, with plenty of New World countries keen to emulate the styles and techniques displayed by the historic wineries and skilled vintners of the area. The secret to the Rhone's success when it comes to blended white wines is the careful and expert selection of certain grape varietals, which each lend special features to the blended wine and bring balance and harmony to the bottle. Most commonly, blended white Rhone wines feature no more than two grapes of either the Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne or Grenache Blanc varietals, and are renowned for their exceptional flavors and highly aromatic, floral character.