I just returned from a visit to my local wine shop where I picked up a few bottles of the French Burgundies recommended by this board, specificaly a Chablis and a Meursault. While there, the store owner was raving about a white wine that he strongly recommended that I try. It is a white 2001 Chateauneuf-du-Pape produced by Comte De Lauze. It is also marked "Recolte". The wine store owner was unable to obtain any notes on the wine, his sytem was down, and I can't seem to find anything either. Can anyone tell me about this wine, specifically what grape varieties are included, and any other information? I know they are more known for their reds but I wanted to try something different. Thanks
The estate has a website www.comtedelauze.com (in French only). Oddly, the site makes no reference to white wine, only red and pink, and proclaims them as artisanal producers. Parker's long-in-the-tooth Rhône book lists them as having 2.5 acres of white vines and an annual production of 187 cases of white wine. The white's *élèvage* involves six months in temperature-controlled stainless and cement vats. The blend is given as 70% Clairette and 30% Grenache Blanc.
Oh, and *récolte* (the noun) just means harvest. If it's *récolté* (the past participle), then havested or picked.
The importer is Diageo, I think. Odd that retailers carry the CdP Blanc, but the website only mentions CdP rouge and rosé.
CdP blanc can contain one or more of the following varieties: Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette. As carswell has already said, it's a 70-30 blend of Clairete.