Rive Droite, Rive Gauche Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône 2016

Rhône

75cl bottle: £10.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £131.40

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A superb white Côtes-du-Rhône from Les Vignerons d’Estézargues, at a very modest price. Grapes are sourced from both the left and right side of the river which is where the name comes from. Brilliant, fresh Grenache blanc blend and a very versatile wine, one can enjoy as an aperitif in the sun, with food or this is a great option for summer party or wedding wine. Superb value for money. 

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Our Tasting Notes

Very aromatic with notes of nectarines, melon, lilies and orange blossom. The palate is crisp, full of fruit and silky with a delightful fresh and long, citrus finish.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc
Appellation: Côtes-du-Rhône
Alcohol: 13.5%

About

Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is a small, innovative co-operative in the little town of Estézargues with an excellent reputation for the quality of its wines. The oenologist at the co-op, Denis Deschamps, is a champion of ‘natural’ winemaking which means using natural yeasts present in the bunches and the winery, adding as little to the wine as possible during fermentation and bottling. This includes limiting the addition of sulphites at bottling, and eschewing fining and filtration in many of the wines. It is a bold approach for a co-operative but the results are excellent and there for all to see.

Situated some 20km to the west of Avignon the co-operative is fed by some 400 hectares of selected vineyards with a small grower base of just 10 members. They label under the Côtes-du-Rhône AC and the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Signargues appellation.

The co-op was originally founded in 1965 and as from the 1990s they adopted a more terroir and quality approach when they began bottling individual cuvées from particular sites and vinifying grower’s grapes separately, under the guidance of winemaker Jean-François Nicq. It was a methodology continued by his successor Edouard Laffitte. The next step was taken with the arrival of the current winemaker, Denis Deschamps.