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bobby06877 Feb 25, 2007 11:40 AM

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

  1. SteveTimko Feb 25, 2007 11:57 AM

    If you can tell us the importer, that's usually a good place to start.
    Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc that I know of is typically roussanne, grenache blanc and maybe clairette.

    1. carswell Feb 25, 2007 12:19 PM

      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.

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        zin1953 Feb 25, 2007 02:07 PM

        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.

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          carswell Feb 25, 2007 02:23 PM

          >>CdP blanc can contain one or more of the following varieties: Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette.<<

          Picpoul and Picardin, too.

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            bobby06877 Feb 25, 2007 03:11 PM

            Correct Zin. The back label states that it is imported by Diageo "Chateau & Estates". I went their web site and also thought it was odd that it only mentioned the rouge and rose.

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            RicRios Feb 25, 2007 02:54 PM

            Never tried Anne Foucher's wines. Unfortunately, the few ratings out there are pretty discouraging, most in the low 70's

            Owner: Anne Foucher
            Address: Avenue des Bosquets 8, 84232 Chateauneuf du Pape Cedex.
            Tel. 490 837 287
            Direct Sale: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 18.00

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