Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 2016

Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 2016

A blend of white Rhône varieties which have been transplanted to the warm vineyards of the Languedoc in southern France. Unoaked the emphasis is on fresh, lively citrus fruit with the roundedness of warmer Mediterranean flavours such as ripe peaches.
As effortlessly drinkable as its red counterpart this unoaked blend of white Rhône varieties cultivated in the warm vineyards of Southern France is fresh and lively with an inviting acidity. This remains one of the most popular wines on our website and one that is beautifully versatile with food.
France
Languedoc-Roussillon
Vin de Pays d'Oc
LGI (Viticulteurs de L'Union)
Marsanne-Viognier
12%
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The Irish Examiner Newspaper

"There’s nothing wrong with chardonnay and sauvignon but it’s time to discover other top-class white grapes such as this pair from the south of France: Both are naturally floral and fleshy, but this blend is a handsomely discreet, mildly spicy treat." (2012 vintage)

Languedoc-Roussillon region of France

Together, these two vast Mediterranean areas have been the hotbed of experimentation and innovation for French wines.

In the west lies the smaller of the two appellations, Roussillon. This region, which borders Spain to the south alongside the shared Pyrenees, and with the sea to the east, is vastly different to its Languedoc neighbour. There is a lot of sunshine in Roussillon making some of the vineyards are very dry and hot so unsurprisingly, Grenache is a variety that thrives here, being a variety (much like Rioja) that likes hot and arid conditions.

Roussillon is especially famous for Vin Doux Naturels and of these, Rivesaltes, Maury and Banyuls are the best known. Of these three, Banyuls is held in highest esteem, but all three focus on Grenache for its production. Light wines from the Banuyls area are called Collioure, again made from Grenache but with plenty of Syrah and Mourvèdre added in the mix too. Côtes de Roussillon wine is made with Carignan, Cinsault as well as Syrah and Mourvedrè whereas the appellation known as Côtes de Roussillon Villages is a step up from the previous designation and the even more superior (and recent) again, Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres.

Moving east and we come to the Languedoc, which is split into several significant sub-regions according to the different climatic and geographical influences, the reds of Minervois, Corbières and Fitou are seen as good quality and good value for money too. Meanwhile Limoux is a region gaining ground for its value for money fizz made from the varieties Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Moving east again, until the Languedoc meets the Rhône river, the Côteaux du Languedoc is responsible is a hugely important appellation as too are St Chinian, Faugères, Clairette de Languedoc and Picpoul de Pinet - all of which are worth trying. 

Marsanne-Viognier

A classic blend from the South of France although some examples can be found in some New World producing regions. This blend makes a rich white wine which tastes of dried apricots and toasted nuts – yum! 

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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.
Meats
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.
Spicy Foods
A great wine to enjoy with Thai, Chinese and light Indian dishes such as a Korma.
Cheeses
Matches well to Brie and Camembert but is very well suited to mozzarella and some mature Cheddars. 
 
"...it’s time to discover other top-class white grapes such as this pair from the south of France: Both are naturally floral and fleshy." Irish Examiner.
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