We all know how famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape is, with its GSM staple and sometimes up to the max 18 different varietals in the blend. But what about white CDP? It’s highly underrated in my books and a wine that is not taken seriously enough. In fact, only 1 of 16 bottles is white! Perhaps that’s why it’s not common? Perhaps it’s because of the grape varieties within it! Many never heard of, but common in the south of France. Like Pinot Noir, Grenache also has mutations in the form of Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc. These, along with the likes of Rousanne, Clairette, Marsanne, Picpoul, Macabeu, not to mention all the red grapes, all of which are allowed in either red OR white Chateauneuf-du-Pape. So yeah…lots of grapes, infinite possibilities! With that said, there’s also the issue of price tag. Small area, small yields, therefore high prices.
Want the same idea, yet different area and smaller price tag? The Clos de l’Amandaie may just be the Whiteneuf-du-Pape (yes, that’s what I meant to say) you’re looking for! This wine features the Rousanne and Grenache Blanc varietals. The Grenache supplying the alcohol and acid, while the Rousanne fills in for roundness and body. I was pleasantly surprised by this wine! It didn’t need to be from the famed CdP region either! Go further south and west and you’ll find Languedoc. Many of us are familiar with regions like Minervois and St. Chinian from this area. This particular wine is from the Coteaux du Languedoc…the “hills” that surround the area…isn’t everything called Coteaux if it’s not attached to an AC? Haha!
Tasted it again yesterday and still brilliant…some great baked apple, pear and cinnamon notes with hints of floral. Acidity balances nicely with a HUGE mouthfeel (thank you Rousanne!) and a good finish. Word to the wise: drink your lighter wines first, even your light reds as anything lighter after this one will be nothing in your mouth! Coming in at $32.95, this wine is perfectly priced for Thirsty Thursday and tasting beautifully! Cin-Cin!