Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Blanc 2017
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The 2017 Terrasses Blanc, which is released under the Vin de France label, is a blend of 70% Viognier and the balance equal parts Roussanne and Clairette, brought up all in tank. Sporting a light gold color and clean, crisp notes of lemon curd, citrus rind, white flowers, and honeysuckle, it’s medium-bodied, has bright, juicy acidity, and clean, dry finish. It’s perfect for an aperitif and best enjoyed over the coming 6-8 months.
A small category representing the wines that either fall outside of appellation lines or don’t subscribe to the law and traditions set forth by the French government within certain classified appellations, “Vin de France” is a catch-all that includes some of the most basic French wines as well as those of superior quality. The category includes large production, value-driven wines. It also includes some that were made with a great deal of creativity, diligence and talent by those who desire to make wine outside of governmental restrictions. These used to be called Vin de Table (table wine) but were renamed to compete with other European countries' wines of similar quality.
Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.