Tardieu-Laurent Guy Louis Blanc Côtes-du-Rhône
A vintage blend of Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache, Marsanne and Viognier (roughly in that order) and sourced from Northern and Southern Rhône.
Farmed organically (recent low yields attest to that), the juice is vinified with around a third whole bunch. The wine spends around eight months in second and third use old barrels prior to bottling.
"35% Grenache Blanc (70 years old), 20% Roussanne (60 years old), 20% Marsanne (60 years old), 15% Clairette (30 years old), 10% Viognier (40 years old). One-third northern Rhône, two-thirds southern Rhône. Eight months in new, one- and two-year-old barrels (Allier and Tronçais). Cask sample.
No immediate oak impression although the wine has much more structure and savour than the Becs Fins. Solid and interesting and much better than many Châteauneuf Blancs. Could be GV if you like the southern Rhône style. Tastes more potent than 13.5%…"
16 points, jancisrobinson.com (October 2019)
"Bright and fresh, with an overt core of yellow apple, fennel, white peach and honeysuckle notes that works in unison from the start through the mineral-gilded finish. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Clairette and Viognier."
90 points, Wine Spectator (November 2019)
"A great white that’s a year in, year out value, the 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Guy Louis Blanc is based on 35% Grenache, 20% each of Marsanne and Roussanne, and the rest Clairette and Viognier, sourced from both the Northern and Southern Rhône. Loads of ripe white peach, pineapple, and floral notes give way to a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, layered white that competes with some of the top whites out there."
91 points, jebdunnuck.com (August 2019)