The award winning winemaker Jean Luc Colombo who makes this Côtes du Rhône red and white wine called 'Les Abeilles' or 'The Bees' has teamed up with the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) to support their fight to protect our precious honey bees
This white Côtes du Rhône is a blemd of Clairette, Grenache, Viognier and Roussanne. It has an intensely floral nose with notes of fresh fruit coming through on the fresh, crisp palate. If you've never tried a white Côtes du Rhône before then this is the place to start.
Côtes du Rhône AOC
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Rhône region of France
The Rhône Valley is a vast area running from north to south in eastern France.
In winemaking terms, the region splits naturally in two, the southern and northern Rhône, and as it starts in the north not too far from Lyon and ends on France’s south coast, you can imagine just how varied this region is both climatically and culturally.
Although both the north and the south specialise in red wine, the northern Rhône does produce some distinctive and fashionable wines from the white grapes of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, the latter of which makes some of the most delicious and expensive white wines in France, from the small appellation of Condrieu.
Viognier is also important in northern Rhône as a variety to blend with Syrah, the only red grape variety that is allowed to be produced in northern Rhône. The north is crammed with vines on granite slopes looking for the most sun for the sun-seeking grape Syrah to ripen properly.
The southern Rhône, by comparison, is much more Mediterranean in architecture and climate. In this region a whole host of red grape varieties can be grown and used in wine, illustrated not least by the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape which is allowed to have 13 different grape varieties in its blend. Grenache is the chief component in this blend and the support of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Counoise are not uncommon. The best Rhône reds are capable of ageing for many years in the cellar.
Three grape varities rarely seen outside of Rhône and Southern France although Viognier is starting to make in roads into some New World countries.
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Salads & Vegetables
This wine would suit Caesar, chicken, egg, fish or seafood salad. Would also work well with root vegetables such as carrots, onions and parsnips.
Fish & Seafood
Seafood and firm white fish such as plaice, skate and sole are good matches for this wine. You could also pair this wine with a clam chowder, kedgeree and smoked fish.
Pasta & Other Sauces
This wine works well with fish based sauces or ones that are light and creamy such as hollandaise. You could also go for a nice parsley sauce or pesto base.
Whether it's grilled, barbecued, baked or casseroled this wine works with white meats such as chicken, turkey and pork but it also suits duck and veal.
Herbs & Spices
Works with big flavours such as coriander, fennel, garlic and ginger but will also work with basil, parsley or tarragon.
A great wine to enjoy with Thai, Chinese and light Indian dishes such as a Korma.
Matches well to Brie and Camembert but is very well suited to mozzarella and some mature Cheddars.