France — Rhône • $22.95 • 89/100

Costières de Nîmes has moved from under the umbrella of Languedoc to that of the Rhône — not just because of its geographical situation on the western side of the Rhône River south of Nîmes, but because the character and composition of the wines reflect that of the Southern Rhône. This white wine is an excellent example, as a blend of Grenache Blanc with Roussanne, and smaller amounts of Clairette, Viognier and Bourboulenc. It is medium-depth straw in colour, with a subtle nose suggesting white flowers and peach blossoms, gently spicy, with lemon, ripe yellow apple and peach fruit. It is dry, balanced, a little more than medium-bodied, with firm acidity that brings the fruit and floral elements to life, and just a hint of spice that suggests some older, unobtrusive wood influence. Warm, ripe with surprising freshness. • Tasted 2017-07-08 • LCBO id#485664 • Find it at your nearest LCBOHALPERN ENTERPRISES (Agent)

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