Marsanne, Nobles Rives, Cave de Tain, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP, France, 2013,12.5% abv, US$12

A grape from the northern Rhône, usually Marsanne is blended with Roussanne and/or Viognier. 

However, this wine is 100% Marsanne and from the IGP region Collines Rhodaniennes, which is also the home to some of the Rhone’s most famous wine areas (they overlap with this IGP, but make wines of a higher quality level).

On the eyes, it’s like most Marsanne wines – a deeper hue of gold – with a nose of stone fruit, nut, ginger blossom and rock dust.

The palate is dry with good acidity and flavours of pear, bitter almond, more ginger and light quince.  Although the finish is brief and the end of the palate a little hollow, this is a solid effort and even more so when you consider it is a measly US$12 (from Total Wine).

WSET Good and great with fish, chicken, pasta and cheese.

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