Recently we've been semi addicted to Pazo Señorans' Albariño and Pinot Gris from Alsace or Oregon, making way for the occasional Chardonnay...
I found this Viognier/Rousanne (70%/30%) blend at Waitrose, with 25% off (& an extra 10% off for MyWaitrose customers which brought it down from£12.99 to under £9. Considering a glass of Albariño cost £9 in Islington last night (shame on you, Angel) , this is worth staying in for.
Mr Purple Teeth was impressed. He noted a subtle citrus note first, a decent mouthfeel on the mid palate and a long an interesting finish. "Complex yet easy to drink as an aperitif", he concluded.
i had different plans - Munster cheese and some other snacks for a Friday night picnic.
Strangely it worked pretty well with a simple green salad dressed with lime & chilli, chilli and vintage cheddar sprinkled as a seasoning.
Giving the wine a bit more chance to shine on its own, I enjoyed the light floral notes upfront. It's not a cloying Viognier floral, but subtle, white & light. A silky, weighty body is pleasant without being hefty, and there's a very clean and bright finish with hints of pear and camomile tea.
On day 2 there's more honey and a mellow note of something herbal.
Most Côte du Rhône is red, but both of these white grapes originate in the Rhône valley. If you fancy broadening your white horizons, this will appeal as long as you're not married to grassy Sauvignon Blanc.