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Côtes Du Rhône Blanc, Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2020

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White Rhônes are a relatively new but increasing enthusiasm of mine, not needing the bottle age of good white Burgundies and of course they are far more affordable. This wine of Denis Deschamps is made primarily with the glorious viognier grape - whose highest expression Condrieu costs more than £35 - blended with the very old bourboulenc grape that may have originated in ancient Greece and is an important constituent of white Châteauneuf-du-pape. I think simply delicious.

This inexpensive 'natural' white Rhône is produced by les Vignerons dEstezargues, a very interesting small cooperative of ten growers whose wines are made separately, each from their own terroir rather than blended together, with no sulphites or additives of any sort. A rare find from a small village to the west of Avignon.

How does the wine taste? Customer Reviews (5)
Acacia, honeysuckle nose with white stone fruit aromas; peachy, apply fruit on the palate with subtle Viognier nuttiness and white pepper spice throughout a long, slightly honeyed finish.

A favorite of mine - this is about the fourth case I've had. To me it has the right balance of fruit and acidity combined with weight in the mouth - not in any way 'thin'. Really good value for money.

Graham Wheeler - March 2024
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Golden colour with a honey aroma. Well balanced with plenty of peachy fruit flavour and a dry finish. Excellent to drink by itself or with food. Excellent value at the price.

PETER - February 2022
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Really good flavour; good balance of fruit and acidity. A very characterful and satisfying mouthful! For me, better than some 'white burgundies', which tend to be bland and anonymous (and more expensive).

Graham - December 2021
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Good value for money. An excellent wine for drinking as an aperitif or with food. Good fruity flavours, not quite a White Burgundy alternative but close.

PETER - December 2021
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Really excellent value for money.

Simon - June 2020
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"Made by the les Vignerons d'Estezargues co-op, this Côtes Du Rhône is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Viognier weighing in at just 12.5% abv. There's a really pleasant Cox's pippin and lemon fruit character on the nose, both citrus fresh and with a bit of peachy ripeness, as well as creaminess/nuttiness, presumably from some lees ageing. In the mouth it has texture and a certain richness, the fruit tempered and understated, and yet that makes it so gastronomic and so versatile, with easy-drinking charm and yet the savouriness to make it broadly food friendly. A very useful little wine this."
Tom Cannavan, Wine-pages.com
"The 2020 Rive Droite, Rive Gauche from vineyards on both banks of the Rhône is as tasty a Côtes du Rhône Blanc as you will find. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Viognier, it's dry but creamy with delicate hints of apricot."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
In a nutshell
Region: Rhône Country: France Grape: Bourboulenc / Clairette / Grenache Blanc / Viognier Unit: Bottle (75cl) ABV: 12.5% Drink: Now - 2025 SKU: 0920F001
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