When I’m perusing the local libation stores in search of the next Thirsty Thursday our good friend Christiane at Taking on Magazines often comes to mind. In the back of my mind she is gently prodding me to select a French wine to review. It’s not that I dislike French wines, but for whatever reason they haven’t been the focus of our Thirsty Thursday posts (Turkey Day recommendations excluded).
Well that all changes today with an unconventional white from the Languedoc region in Southern France.
Constructed by the renowned Rhone winemaker Michel Chapoutier the 2010 Marius Blanc is a blend of the Terret and Vermentino grapes that provides this white wine with an intriguing yet sophisticated structure of floral notes, ripe fruits, lively acidity, and a tinge of minerality. It’s a wonderful no-name concoction of fermented grape juice that is perfect as an aperitif and strong enough to hold up to seafood or vegetable dishes. The best part is that its price won’t break the bank.
Here’s my complete review:
2010 Marius Blanc by Michel Chapoutier (Languedoc, France)*
Worn yellow in color, the wine has a floral and fumy nose with enticing hints of sweet white fruit (think pear and peach) and flint. Encompassing on the front of the palate with ripe fruit opening into lively acidity and flavors like green apple, lime, and pear. Finishes off dry with lingering fruit and acidity.
Retails around $15
*Many thanks to Kumar at Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits for this recommendation.
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