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Wine of the Week ~ 2016 Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc

As we finish our summer in July, August, and early September, here is a spalshingly refreshing, white wine for those lingering pool parties and trips to the beaches…

Right out of the gate, let me say this 2016 Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc just knocked me out with its gorgeous flavors. It has excitingly refreshing, lemon-zest and other citrusy flavors.  I enthusiastically recommend this wine, from the southern part of Rhone, for a delicious adventure on your palate…

The blend is 35 percent Roussanne, 30 percent Viognier, 25 percent Grenache Blanc, five percent Clairette*, and five percent Marsanne. It’s a great example of a tasty white Rhône, that’s easy to enjoy and remember.

I could enjoy this one every day, for the rest of my life, the way my Ada* enjoyed a sip of her Sherry every night after dinner. It brought me right back to those summer nights in Stoneham with her.

So ~ Clairette = Wine Century* Wine #170

Clairette blanche is a white wine grape variety, which is most widely grown in the wine regions of Rhône, Provence, and Languedoc in France.

Since this wine is from the Rhône, here are a few facts about the region.

  • The Rhône produces many wines under various Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) designations.
  • The major producer appellation for volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC.
  • Côte-Rôtie, when translated into English is “the roasted slope.” This refers to the long hours of sunlight, which these steep slopes receive.

From their site: History

The land and the people who tend it share the same history.  A history which grows from generation to generation. At the origin, one man, Jean Orëns Ferraton. Vigneron, and son of a vigneron.  A region basked in sun, the Rhône Valley. It was 1946. The story begins.

Michel, his son, inherited the same passion. He decided to give a new dimension to his father’s vineyards. The first Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage and Saint-Joseph Ferraton were brought into the world. A close friend of the Ferratons, Michel Chapoutier brought his know-how. In 1998, the vineyards were converted to organic viticulture, then certified. Before embracing the culture of bio dynamics. An audacious step. For innovative and strong perspectives.

HB Wine Merchants is the Importer for this wine.

*Wine Century Club ~ Anyone can join and begin your journey to taste 100 different wine varieties. I’m headed toward my 200th wine tasted.

*Ada was the woman hired by my great grandfather (William T. Haines) to help my grandmother run her household, in Waterville, Maine. Ada not only raised my dad and his generation of siblings; but, she also went with my Aunt Edith, when Edith had her own family to raise, and ran her household, too. (She got to know five generations of our family.) I was with her two weeks each summer in Stoneham, Massachusetts. She was a very dear grandmother figure for me. Her quiet demeanor was an inspiration for all of us… And, she loved her nip of Sherry. I’d love to sit with her now and share this 2015 Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc.

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