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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,… Read more »

Notre Dame de Cousignac Vacqueyras

France has very strict, long held, traditional laws and regulations about most of the wine produced there. Two of the oldest wine growing regions, Bordeaux and the Rhône, have more regulations about grapes, soil, bottles, labeling and standards than any single region in North America. The good news is, this keeps quality high and styles consistent, history in tact and growers who are proud of their work. It also leaves little room for innovation, but when it occurs, something magic can happen. Organic growing practices haven’t historically been a huge goal in old world wine growing regions. As threats to wine became evident like phylloxera (a nasty little bug that kills the… Read more »