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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wine Week: Chateau de Nages 2008 Reserve Rhone White

This is Wine Week. You might ask, isn't every week? Well, somebody designated this wine week somewhere, so we're going to review a different $10 bottle every day this week.

Today's wine is a white sibling of a red Rhone wine we reviewed a few months ago: Chateau de Nages Red Rhone Wine. Both are less than $10 and are well worth carting home from your local wine store. French wines can be a tough decision these days unless you're familiar with the wine, because the inexpensive ones, especially from Bordeaux, can be just awful.

Unlike Robert Parker, wine taster extraordinaire, we like Rhones and a few Languedocs. And in these regions you'll find your French bargains.

The Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes 2008 Reserve White Rhone Wine is a product of the Michel Gassier family of wines. This wine, made with grenache blanc and roussanne grapes in a 60-40 mix, tastes of pears and grapefruit.

While it is a light wine — somewhere between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc — it stood up well to the pasta with blue cheese and cream sauce. Yet it is light enough to sip or to accompany a delicate fish dish.

Drink now or through 2013.

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