Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2018
The Perrin family heads up a French winemaking company which includes the noted Château de Beaucastel of the Rhône Valley. The grapes for this wine were picked from vines growing between the Ouvèze and Aigues rivers. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier fruit was vinified in stainless steel - no oak at all - to an alcohol level of 13% abv and it retails for about $12.
This white Rhône blend shows the Viognier best, all floral and citrusy. The tart apple notes of the Grenache Blanc play off of the savory aspect of the Roussanne and Marsanne. The palate is mineral-laden, with citrus, peach and pear appearing. Nice acidity, too. These are some great grapes, and they do not disappoint.