NEW! Cotes du Rhone Roaix Blanc 'L'Atout du Pique', Domaine Pique Basse, France 2016

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NEW! Cotes du Rhone Roaix Blanc 'L'Atout du Pique', Domaine Pique Basse, France 2016

21.50

“A Chateauneuf in all but name.” - Jancis Robinson, 17 points


This is a fabulous Grenache Blanc from the Rhone village of Roaix, which shares a hillside with the more famous village of Rasteau (if you ever go there, take the scenic route that leads up to the beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail).

The wine is ripe on top with apricot and nectarine coating the palate in tender juice, but it’s all chalky, pithy and mineral underneath, which gives the wine its necessary backbone (not to mention intrigue). It has the same cool intensity as some of those limestone-informed whites from Calce in the Languedoc (e.g. Olivier Pithon, Gerard Gauby and Jean-Philippe Padié), but also showing the succulent richness of a Saint Peray or a Condrieu. Matured partly in oak and partly in stainless steel. 45 year-old vines. Drink now-2023.

Jancis Robinson: “Honey, cream, apricot – really full of flavour and absolutely classic for the Rhone style – plump, fruity, dry, lengthy. Dry and herbal on the finish. Long, powerful and a bit warm to finish. A Chateauneuf in all but name? Furry texture. Drink now-2022.” 17 points

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Farming: organic