The south of France is best known for fairly rich reds, and Rosés, but it has another card you should know about. Unique whites. I’ve frequently recommended whites from the Rhone Valley, but today’s offering is from further west in the Roussillon hills. Charming, graceful and subtle was my first response to a wine that has the touch of fine linen. A treat for those who appreciate that kind of thing. Not quite refreshing enough for aperitif, not quite rich enough for dinner, not quite wild enough for a party – this is quiet moment wine. Sunday afternoon with a book – or any afternoon in lockdown. And may I suggest Spotify’s ‘Jazz for reading, or relaxing.” Produced from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Macabeo – for those who like to know those details.
CHAPOUTIER 18 Cotes du Roussillon ‘Bila-Haut’, France 485656 Vintages $14.95