Producing soft and floral, full-bodied white wines ...
Producing full-bodied white wines, Grenache blanc can be unctuous and soft or floral and fresh. Some of the finest examples are terroir-driven, age-worthy wines. It is a key ingredient in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is a significant variety in Roussillon’s Vins Doux Naturels. For delicious and approachable table whites popular in France, Grenache blanc blends well with other indigenous grapes. But it doesn’t always have to be blended. Single-varietal Grenache blanc wines are becoming more popular in California and can occasionally be found in South Africa. In Spain it plays a significant role in northeastern whites from Priorat, Tarragona, Rioja and Navarra.
In the Glass
Grenache blanc wines have mango, white peach, lime and pear flavors and often smell of sweet honeysuckle and fennel. The wine can be plump and rich with a brioche quality if aged in oak, or leaner with herbal notes if not.
Grenache blanc goes with spicy poultry or fish dishes like Chinese five spice sea bass, Moroccan tagine and satay. It can hold its own against lemon and lime zest, garlic, allspice, fennel and cilantro.
Whites from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation of the Rhône are often rich, oak-aged blends of Grenache blanc and Roussanne.
- Sauvignon Blanc350
- Pinot Gris/Grigio161
- Other White Blends108
- Rhône White Blends35
- Chenin Blanc32
- Other White Wine30
- Bordeaux White Blends26
- Gruner Veltliner19
- Pinot Blanc15
- Melon de Bourgogne7
- Muller Thurgau3
- Grenache Blanc3
M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016Grenache Blanc from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Halter Ranch Vineyard Grenache Blanc 2017Grenache Blanc from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Espelt Old Vines Garnacha Blanc 2015Grenache Blanc from Spain