In a good large Burgundy glass, the Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2021 has a luminous, pale straw color, (with flashes of green from the floral Viognier, and gold from the Grenache Blanc). At first, the delicate nose is hard to pin down with explicit descriptors. At one moment, delicate aromas of golden delicious apples, peach blossoms, and sun-dried macadamias move in and out of the foreground. At the next, the nose evolves into a complex amalgam that includes elderflower, quince, fresh thyme, and salted caramel On the palate, the wine is dry, savory, and refreshing; creamy, but not fat, with a layered, mineral-laced core of yellow orchard fruit flavors that echo the nose, including sun-warmed spiced pears, lemon zest, and crystallized honey, and a long, clean finish punctuated with seawater mineral grip and fresh fruit acidity. Drink now–2024.
About this wine producer: The modern history of this eighty-hectare estate in Vinsobres began with Henri Chauvet and Baron Le Roy, who, in the 1920s, introduced the idea of “appellation contrôlée” in France. Henri Chauvet’s son-in-law Pierre Jaume was the driving force in the development of the estate, but it was Pierre’s son Claude who was the first to estate-bottle the wines. Grandsons Pascal and Richard took over in the 1980s, and have continued to enlarge and improve Domaine Jaume; with carefully considered purchases, like the vineyard they call “Altitude 420,” and the “Clos des Échelas.” Richard’s son Anthony, who last visited Moore Brothers in March, joined them in 2010. The estate’s unwavering commitment to sustainable, organic viticulture is outlined in its “Charter Vinéa Natura,” which every producer in the world should adopt.”