Brézème actually sits between the Northern and Southern Rhone Appellations and is the only Cotes-du-Rhone appellation with its own AOC.  This is their white coming from a biodynamically farmed vineyard.  The wine is made in a natural way with little sulfur and from vines planted in 2009.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting as it shows a persistent vanilla streak.  I don't think the wine sees any oak as it aged on its lees in concrete.  There is also a white raisin note and slight citrus (tangerine).  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is a slight cider/oxidized note but not problematic.  A very nice silky texture.  It's mostly about the minerals but the tangerine notes come thru as well.  Very minerally wine.  Nice finish.  Its difficult to guess at how long Rousanne might age, but in this case, given the cider notes and natural winemaking, it should probably be drunk sooner than later.  It will work better with food and it worked quite well with a  Fagioli alla Toscana from the Union Square cookbook.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91
Vintage: 
2018
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

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