Domaine Oratoire St. Martin Haut Coustias Blanc Cairanne 2005

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I rarely get the chance to drink Rhone whites, which is a shame. I have yet to encounter an example that elevates Rhone white varietals to the same level as Chardonnay, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, but there is certainly potential.

This Marsanne and Rousanne blend was golden yellow in the glass and very pleasant to observe. It had a nice viscosity, and the palate offered boysenberry and herbs with a touch of oak on the back end. I also noted the smell of apple juice from concentrate, which could be good or bad depending on your perspective. In the end, the Oratoir was certainly a solid white and prompts me to spend a little more time exploring the lesser known side of the Rhone.

Very Good
$33 at Marquis


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