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Much like their red counterparts, white Rhône varietals are typically blended proportionally to achieve a desired flavor/aroma profile according to a particular producer's estate style. White Rhône blends are usually based on three main varietals — Marsanne, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. Most white blends from northern Rhône will be composed primarily of either Marsanne or Roussanne, where Marsanne is considered the workhorse grape. Its ease of cultivation, resistance to disease, sturdy weight, and simple fruit profile make it an ideal main component in the blends of Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Saint-Peray, and Hermitage. The grape's basic complexity and lack of depth calls for the addition of its more aromatic cousin, Roussanne.

There is perhaps no greater yin/yang marriage in the white wine world than these two. Where Marsanne displays a rich, waxy texture with little in the way of acid or aromatics, Roussanne is a lightly racy varietal with intense aromas of white flowers, tree fruits, and fresh herbs. In a finished wine, the best of both varietals are on full display — dense, aromatic fruits like peach and apricot alongside vibrant minerality, all set over a medium-weight, waxy core with refreshing but gentle acid. Despite their sometimes delicate features, these wines are famously ageworthy, with some of the best examples showing lifespans of ten years or more. Viognier is the least common, but most prized, white varietal in the northern Rhône valley, and it is rarely blended, except on occasion in the brooding, meaty Syrah wines of Côte Rôtie and Hermitage. Viognier's ancestral home is the steeply sloped, warm climate of Condrieu just north of Rôtie, where it is always vinified on its own to produce wines with elegant characteristics of aromatic stone fruits and sweet white flowers, along with a steely undertone and gentle acid.

In the southern Rhône, where Marsanne and Roussanne are grown with much less frequency, Grenache Blanc is the staple grape in the blends, especially in the brightly complex white wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It produces medium-bodied juice with stone fruit and tree fruit aromas and flavors, but like its dark-skinned relative, Grenache Noir, it's a very hardy grape resistant to drought and windy, arid conditions, which makes it ideal not only for the southern Rhône, but particularly for the more rugged, harsh climates of the Roussillon, where the majority of it is grown. Several secondary varietals are also permitted in the southern Rhône. Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Clairette Blanc, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Picardin, and Ugni Blanc all appear in varying proportions in the blends according to the preferences of the winemaker.

In the New World, these varietals are sparsely planted but have nonetheless witnessed an increase in acreage in a few specific regions. The Rhône Rangers movement in the United States is a consortium of growers who have taken it upon themselves to cultivate and make wines from traditional Rhône varietals, both red and white. Since the mid-1990s, plantings of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, and to a lesser extent, Grenache Blanc have expanded considerably in the Central Coast regions, especially Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley in southern Santa Barbara. Australia also boasts significant plantings of these varietals, where contemporary growers are making interesting, if not necessarily profound, monovarietal wines from what are in some cases the oldest specimens of these species on earth.

While somewhat rare and esoteric, these blends offer up some of the most unique flavor and aroma profiles in the wine world.

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94 points Wine Spectator: This is showing some maturity now, with warmed macadamia nut, buttered brioche, creamed peach and yellow apple flavors leading the way, backed by heather honey, mirabelle plum and white truffle accents on the finish. A flash of bitter almond gives this just the right amount… ...
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Chave/J.L. Selection Hermitage Blanc Blanche 2012  (#329095)

Rhone Blends - White from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

94 points Wine Spectator: This is showing some maturity now, with warmed macadamia nut, buttered brioche, creamed peach and yellow apple flavors leading the way, backed by heather honey, mirabelle plum and white truffle accents on the finish. A flash…

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Produced from estate, biodynamically farmed grapes, this is a delicious blend of Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne and Bourbelanc.Perfect ripeness with good natural acidity is the hallmark of these wines. The nose is of fresh cut hay, some exotic fruit notes, citrus and a touch of apples. In the mouth… ...
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La Canorgue Luberon Blanc 2016  (#332934)

Rhone Blends - White from Côtes du Luberon, Rhône, France

Produced from estate, biodynamically farmed grapes, this is a delicious blend of Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne and Bourbelanc.Perfect ripeness with good natural acidity is the hallmark of these wines. The nose is of fresh cut hay, some exotic fruit…

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100 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...a perfect wine and certainly one of the greatest whites ever made from this hallowed estate... 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne... it exhibits a huge, opulent bouquet of buttered citrus, flower oil, orange marmalade, quince, and honeysuckle that’s to die for. This majestic,… ...
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Chave/Jean-Louis Hermitage Blanc 2015  (#332518)

Rhone Blends - White from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...a perfect wine and certainly one of the greatest whites ever made from this hallowed estate... 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne... it exhibits a huge, opulent bouquet of buttered citrus, flower oil, orange marmalade, quince,…

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95 points Decanter: SF: An attractive nose; chalky, orchard fruit, yellow fruit and soft spice give a great first impression. The palate is restrained, tight, but has intimations of impressive length and capacity to develop. LR: This is a refreshing style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape showing great… ...
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Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016  (#332905)

Rhone Blends - White from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

95 points Decanter: SF: An attractive nose; chalky, orchard fruit, yellow fruit and soft spice give a great first impression. The palate is restrained, tight, but has intimations of impressive length and capacity to develop. LR: This is a refreshing…

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90 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Patelin de Tablas Blanc wafts from the glass with notes of rose water, preserved citrus and Provence herbs. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and flavorful, with succulent acids, a satiny texture and a pure finish. The 2017 is a blend of 44%… ...
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Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles 2017  (#332882)

Rhone Blends - White from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

90 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Patelin de Tablas Blanc wafts from the glass with notes of rose water, preserved citrus and Provence herbs. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and flavorful, with succulent acids, a satiny texture and…

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A clean and fruity, dry white wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, white peaches, honeydew melon and hints of guava and elderflowers. This wine has a medium body, crisp acidity and well-balanced tannins. Perfect as a 'patio' wine, to sip by itself, it also pairs extremely well with spicy foods… ...
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Curran Grenache Blanc Santa Barbara County 2017  (#333291)

Rhone Blends - White from Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California

A clean and fruity, dry white wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, white peaches, honeydew melon and hints of guava and elderflowers. This wine has a medium body, crisp acidity and well-balanced tannins. Perfect as a 'patio' wine, to sip by itself, it…

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93 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): Slightly richer, yet still a leaner, more fresh example of this cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Barberini (70% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc) offers up brilliant notes of ripe peaches, vanilla creme, toasted almonds and hints of… ...
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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Barberini 2012  (#328671)

Rhone Blends - White from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

93 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): Slightly richer, yet still a leaner, more fresh example of this cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Barberini (70% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc) offers up brilliant notes of ripe peaches…

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89 points Wine Enthusiast: The nose of this bottling from the Camp Four and El Camino Real vineyards is reductive at first, but it shows lemon curd, grapefruit rind and wet cement notes as it opens. The palate is bright, clean and tight, with a grippy texture and preserved lemon and bitter orange… ...
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Tercero Grenache Blanc Santa Ynez Valley 2014  (#331206)

Rhone Blends - White from Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California

89 points Wine Enthusiast: The nose of this bottling from the Camp Four and El Camino Real vineyards is reductive at first, but it shows lemon curd, grapefruit rind and wet cement notes as it opens. The palate is bright, clean and tight, with a…

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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a mix of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Clairette, with more and more Bourboulenc in the blend starting in 2010. Brought up in barrel, it’s a rich, full-bodied white that has loads of white peach, brioche, and honeysuckle. It… ...
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Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017  (#333030)

Rhone Blends - White from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a mix of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Clairette, with more and more Bourboulenc in the blend starting in 2010. Brought up in barrel, it’s a rich, full-bodied white that has…

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