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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  • Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes 2013

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    Really nice Cotes Du Roussillon blend of grenache blanc and marsanne. The nose has ripe apricot, a bit of flint and some yeast. On the tongue is fig, golden delicious apple, a touch of salinity, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Not totally different but still not an every day wine - tonight we had this ... Cotes du Roussillon blend of grenache blanc and marsanne. The nose has ripe apricot, a bit of flint and some yeast. On the tongue is fig, golden delicious apple, a touch of salinity, nice acidity and a medium finish.  We get a good bit of the stuff Eric Solomon/Eur... Read More

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  • Dessert wines are often saved for the winter holidays when we tend to linger at the table with our family and friends, but summer brings its own set of celebrations that are perfect for opening a bottle of something sweet. As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it's a perfect time to head outdoors for a picnic, barbeque or dinner party on t... Read More

    From the article The Sweet Taste of Summer


  • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2013

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    This wonderful Cotes du Roussillon Blanc from Domaine LaFage is an amazing wine (vinum optimum pro pretio, if my Latin serves). The nose is textured with honey, white fruit such as pear, gooseberry and the entry is complex with more white fruit - acidic but balanced with sufficient viscosity and alcohol. Buy by the case. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2014

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    This wine is excellent, light and it develops many flavors on your tongue, without being sweet. It taste just as good on empty stomach and it does with food. One of my favorites! Read More

    Wine review by brooklynella


  • Cuvee de 3 Messes Basses Blanc Rhone Valley France 2013

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    Opened this nice, inexpensive Rhone white for a little apertif prior to heading ... ... is a blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. Great QPR for around $1 Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Opened this nice, inexpensive Rhone white for a little apertif prior to heading ... ... is a blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. Great QPR for around $1 Read More

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  • Booker Vineyard Rosé Blend Paso Robles Pink 2013

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    The most full bodied rose I have ever enjoyed.Beautiful reddish pink color, probably the darkest rose ever made. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Caliza Kissin' Cousins Paso Robles 2013

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    Light nectarine with floral aromas with a touch of stone fruit and flinty acidity. Nice and smooth flavors, full and ripe and rich and emollient with peach and nectarine and a layer of minerality - enough acidity to really buoy the palate and integrate nicely with some toast and some dried apricot. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... ... Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) which come from the same plot, planted side by side in deep Villafranchien soil dotted with the large, rounded pebbles (galets roulés) so typical of this area. Made in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts and lees s... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


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