93 Insider Points
Rhone Valley White is a Category Worth Exploring
The more I dive into my career, the more I find I love white wines as much as reds, for the sole reason that whites can show just as interesting and unique flavor profiles. That's why we brought this one over the pond, to share a whole other style you may not have had before!
Pineapple, apricot and cream nose. Off-dry on a full-bodied palate, with strong notes of peach, apricot and a floral bitterness. It has an oily texture, leading into a lengthy, mouth-watering finish. This one definitely grew on me, and I found myself really enjoying it by the end of the glass. 93 Points - JZ June '18
Côtes du Rhône, France
For the Chardonnay aficionados, as well as outright wine geeks, this is the direction to head in: if you want a tour through the Rhone catered to your palate, search no longer, Burgundy fans; And if you want to nerd out on a fun, niche phenomenon from this region, you’ve come to the right place, wine nerds.
- Cote Du Rhone blancs are fun: they’re small-production, they’re niche, they’re not for everyone, they’re totally for some people; the wines are weighty and beg for food, while also possessing those distinct floral aromatics and candied fruit notes. Domaine La Mereuille grabbed our hearts for the way that its humble adherence to tradition totally embodies the Southern Rhone spirit, and that rings more than true for their Cote du Rhone Blanc as well.
- The vineyards themselves (about 4 hectares) are relatively new (1950ish), repurposed and replanted from a century of growing other high value crops, and now dotted with superb Rhone varietals, and currently headed up by a third generation family led by winemaker Michel Bouyer.
- Only around 700 bottles of this Grenache Blanc-heavy, very dry blend were produced...we’re calling that EXTREMELY boutique.
- We couldn’t be more proud of this direct import: super limited production from a Southern Rhone, family-owned estate with over 200 years of history! Stock up on a few bottles of this crisp, clean white now to have some easy Summer drinking on hand at all times.
You'll find many fruit flavors in this wine. Some of which will include: peach, melon, and passionfruit. You'll find some citrus notes in the background as well.
For the past two centuries Domaine La Mereuille has been situated in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region. Clay soil and round, flattened stones (called "gallets") dragged downstream by the mighty Rhone river from the foothills of the towering Alps. Stony soil soaking up the heat of the daytime sunshine and radiating it, releasing and returning it during the course of the night at the feet of our vines.
The Domaine encompasses some 16 hectares of which 4 hectares are found in Châteauneuf du Pape land and a further 12 hectares in Côtes du Rhône. Their primary grape varieties ("cépages") are Grenache (80%) Cinsault (5%) Carignan (5%) Syrah (5%) Clairette et Bourboulenc (5%) of which the average age is approximately 75 years.
Hand-picked and hand-selected, the grape is vinified, transformed into wine using traditional methods in our winehouse during a minimum of 15 days (during which the temperature is closely supervised and controlled). After the passing of the winter months, the wine is now separated from its lees, to mature in oak barrels (tuns) for between 24 and 30 months for our Châteauneuf du Pape wine and 6 months for our Côtes du Rhône wines before bottling on the Domaine.
Châteauneuf du Pape, which reaches its plenitude towards its fifth year, continues to please throughout its first decade and beyond according to the "millésime" (year) and the conditions of conservation and cellaring.
In 1950 Marcel Bouyer, the grandfather, decided to devote the entirety of the property to wine-producing vines. He began the construction of the winery and bought the first "enjambeur" - high-clearance tractor.
His son, Michel Bouyer, took over the operation in 1970. He added to the vineyard acquiring land with differing grape varieties: old Syrah (shiraz), Cinsault and Carignan in order to bring a refining touch to the wine. With this step he completed the winery and cellar.
In 1985, to enhance the value of his product, he decided to bottle-condition his wines.
Today, the progress of La Mereuille is constant both in France and abroad, both in quality and in sales.
We recommend pairing this wine with a delicious meal containing chicken with a savory herb seasoning.