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A blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, the 2013 Minervois Blanc was aged mostly in tank (20% in 500-liter barrels) and saw full malolactic fermentation. It offers a ripe and layered profile, with notions of pineapple, lemon curd and tinges of minerality emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, rich and textured, with beautifully integrated acidity, it’s a superb value that will drink well for 3-4 years.
Chateau de Cordes covers over 35 hectares around the village of Rustiques, which is just north of Carcassonne. Owned by the Casals family, the estate is managed by Michel Camillo, and they produce a single white and red cuvee, both of which are excellent.
89 Points - Wine Advocate
Producer: Chateau de Cordes
Sale Price: $14.99
Marsanne is a temperamental grape that when cultivated carefully can produce rich, elegantly scented wines, imparting a nutty, mineral component. While it is more than capable of standing on its own as a varietal wine (Chapoutier's Ermite being on of the finest examples), it also forms a great marriage with higher acid wines such as Roussanne and Viognier. While it originated in the northern Rhone, where it was named after the town it where it was thought to have been discovered, Marsanne has spread across the globe. Most plantings reside in Australia. It was one of the first grapes brought over from the old Wold however due to its finicky nature extra care and attention in the vineyard is paramount in producing quality wines. Penfold's Prodigy John Duval is a leading producer making a Marsanne Roussanne and Viognier Rhone style blend called the Plexus. Interest in Marsanne is picking up gradually in California however it will be a long time until it becomes anything like a mainstream varietal. Even the biggest Marsanne producers in the state, such as Qupe, Cline and Tablas Creek, maintain just than a handful of acres each. Washington State may prove to be the next hot bed for the varietal as producers continue to experiment with the Rhone style blend. The grape is also cultivated in north east Spain, where it goes by the name Marsana and in the Valais region of Switzerland. The Swiss refer to it as Ermitage Blanc and make a variety of styles ranging from bone dry to complex sweet wines.
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.
Region: Languedoc and Roussillon
The Languedoc and Roussillon are two adjoining but distinctly separate wine regions in southern France. The Languedoc consists of two main regions: The Aude, home to the sub-regions of Limoux, Corbieres, Fitou, Minervois, and the Herault, which includes Picpoul de Pinet and the vin doux naturels producing regions of Banyuls, Frontignan, Lunel and Mireval.
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.