André Brunel, La Bécassonne Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2019, Rhone, France
Tasting Note: A white Côtes du Rhône that gives you the personality you want from a sometimes, impersonal white-wine blend.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of green apple, white peach, pear, chalk and blossom.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied white blend has medium-plus-intensity, orchard-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and completing with a long finish.
The wine is floral and substantial and would pair well with complex main dishes and sauces.
Bottle Note: Every winter small game birds called La Bécasse or “Woodchuck” spend their winters in the tall grass around André Brunel’s Roussanne, Clairette and Grenache Blanc vineyards located east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The birds continue the natural life cycle in the fields during the autumn and winter months while the vines take their rest. A medium bodied, fresh white wine with notes of ripe peach, summer melon, honey and a touch of balanced minerality.
Importer: Folio Fine Wine Partners, The Michael Mondavi Family, Napa, California
Tasted: Aldo Sohm Winebar, New York, New York
Tasting Date: March 27, 2021