Grenache Blanc

Name of varietal: Grenache Blanc

Common synonyms: Garnacha Blanco, Garnaxta Blanco, Silla Blanc, Belan, Feher Grenache

Parentage of the grape: Grenache Noir

History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Grenache or Garnacha. It is native to northeast Spain and came to France via the Pyrenees, where it has flourished in the Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is most often used as a major player in aromatic white blends, where it lends a crisp acidity and slightly floral component to balance out the flavor profiles.

Characteristics of the grape: medium to full-bodied, green apple, honeydew melon, white peaches, lemon, dill, white flowers, oxidizes easily.

Regions where the grape is currently important: Spain: Priorat, Navarra, Aragon, Calatayud, Alella; France: Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Australia, California.

Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry white, usually in blends

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Vignobles Jerome Quiot Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Lieu-Dit les Combes d'Arnevel 2015

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    Considerable lime, white table grape and gooseberry on the nose with a slight golden hue in the glass. Entry is smooth and balanced - with acidic gooseberry elements, citrus (lime) and quince (or perhaps apple-pear). This is fine white wine with elegance - one you could drink all afternoon on the patio for a great price. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine shop in London ...,grenache blanc,rousanne and viognier,thogh I do not know in what proportions,sourced from areas in the southern Rhone valley. I started it last night with my supper of baked mackerel It is a dry wine with some melon and sour apple style fruit[ but I have had far fruitier wines]... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • At their best, the whites are ethereal... if made from those god-like fruits ... and Viognier (with a little Grenache Blanc thrown in for approachable, flowery juvenilia).&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • La Vieille Ferme Blanc Luberon 2017

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    This wine is simply astounding value at about nine dollars US (12 $C in ... ... white fruit. Vermentino and Grenache Blanc seem to dominate. For parties at Yuletide, this cannot be beat. Medium finish and tasty... 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut White 2015

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    The 2015 Bila Haut Blanc Cotes du Roussillon is a masterful blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Marsanne and other varieties; it has aged gracefully over the 3 years it has stood in the bottle, evoking rich spicy fig, orange, more spice and orange peel on entry... but measured out perfectly. A steal, but drink up now and buy up the 2016. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2017

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    The 2017 Saint Vincent Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a very fragrant (flowers, wild grass, and vanilla) with a reasonably smooth, slightly stringent entry; flavours are tisane, and somewhat neutral white fruit - perhaps gooseberry. This is a good quality sipper as a aperitif or with seafood. Delicious for the price and vintage. 87. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Yes, even the mass-produced CdR is usally very quaffable - although it all ... ... ... to the rather flaccid Grenache Blanc or Bourboulenc one gets from warmer vineyards - especially if the grapes are harvested too late to preserve the citrus flavours and acidity associated therewith.  With the whites, one needs to be more selective as the or... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV

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    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to worry about choosing wines for your Thanksgiving feast?! There is a plethora of different flavors and tastes on your Thanksgiving table and you want wines that will make everyone happy. Including your Wine Expert Uncle Pierre as well as teetotaler Gramma Betsy! There is ... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • This Topic is partially intended to start a new thread on daily wine drinking as the earlier topics are just too long and too general.  How about telling us more about your choices and helping me start a new thread for the next generation, so to speak?  The "why" is the interesting part for some of us - but pictures are always welcome; after all... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


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