Notre Dame de Cousignac Luberon: A Winter White

This inexpensive bottle of dry, French white wine heralds from one of the larger but lesser known appellations of the southern Rhône — Luberon. The wines of Luberon benefit from a more Mediterranean climate than their juicy brethren, such as the whites of Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet, or the rosés of Tavel. The vineyards are often at altitude and the temperature diurnals between night and day preserve the wine’s acidity despite the long, hot summers that ripen the grapes.

Notre Dame’s de Cousignac’s Luberon
is made from 70% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Bourboulenc, three of the eight possible white wine grapes of the Luberon appellation. The nose is crisp, slightly tropical and honeyed, and accompanied by aromas of toast. The color is a pale, yellow green, but the wine sits more heavily on the palate than it’s light color might suggest.
Light to medium bodied, the wine exudes tastes of honey and earth on the front of the palate, followed by spicy minerality and rambunctious notes of acidity on the finish. If Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley had a baby, this would be it. Much like Chablis, this wine is very adaptable with food: it has no oak and lots of lively, crisp acidity that can combat fatty, creamy or vegetal meals. Though often passed over for better known Cotes-du-Rhône or Cotes-du-Rhône-Village wines, the white wines of Luberon are scrumptious, modestly priced, and incredibly versatile with food! This wine may be just what you are looking for as you search for something new and interesting to drink on any number of occasions. Pair this wine with creamy soups, seafood, salads, Thai cuisine, or — if you’re daring — see how this wine stands up against a steak!

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