Les Chaberts 2012 white

30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Ugni Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, 10% Vermentino; 13.5% ABV
screw cap; Across the top, label says “Rhone Valley Vineyards”
Appelation Luberon Contrôlée, France
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 16 March

LesChaberts_2012_Luberon_whiteI hardly ever see a white Rhone wine at the GO, so I eagerly grabbed this one.  I like the wine and think it’s a reasonable value.

I opened this to use in a soup, and had a little to try out.  It struck me as kind of austere and minerally, with the fruit less prominent.

The next day, I liked it better.  The fruit seemed a little more forward: yellow melon still on the less ripe side, with a little green, and some citrus (mostly lemon, a little lime), the acid still pleasantly crisp and the minerality still providing structure.  It’s not very Californian, but I think fans of this style will be quite pleased.  It went nicely with dover sole cooked with preserved yellow limes and green olives.

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