The Côtes du Rhone appellation is one of the world’s largest wine-producing regions. The variety of grapes is amazing. The standard can vary and price is no guarantee of quality. Produced by Gabriel Meffre, Waitrose sell a white Côtes du Rhone under the Meffre label for £9.99, often reduced to £7.50. I think it’s identical (but the Waitrose bottle is more attractive). This is pretty good for the money and would go well with Summer salads.
Tasting notes: This is typical white Côtes du Rhone – a blend of multiple grapes. Often aromatic, doesn’t often offer much aging potential (so drink young). Appearance is pale lemon in colour. On the nose floral and stone fruit notes. Closes up if over-chilled. Same notes on the palate. Balanced acidity. Some length to the finish. Just off dry. Some intensity and some complexity.
Region of Origin – Rhone Valley
Wine Colour – White
Price – £8 currently reduced to £7
Where do I get it from? – Sainsbury
Current Vintage – 2018
Type of Closure – Screw cap
Bottle size – 750ml
Grape – Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne, Bourboulenc & Clairette
Verdict – Good wine for the money
Food Pairings: Went well with a seafood salad.