Domaine Grand Veneur is the estate label of Alain Jaume et fils. They are best known for their reds, but the Long-Suffering Husband picked up this white for $16.99. He chose well because I afterward discovered that Robert Parker had this to say about the wine:
Côtes du Rhône « RÉSERVE GRAND VENEUR» BLANC 2012
“The outstanding Grand Veneur 2012 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Reserve (a blend of 50% Roussanne, 40% Viognier and 10% Clairette) may be the highest-quality dry white Rhone made at this price point. Abundant white peach, honeysuckle and spring flower aromas intermixed with a hint of apricot marmalade jump from the glass of this lovely, medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, pure yet intense and perfumed white wine. Drink it over the next year.” 90+ pts – BEST BUY
For some reason I do my research after buying rather than before. Maybe it’s because I prefer to decide what a wine tastes like on my own, without having my perception shaped by Robert Parker. Or maybe I’m just lazy…
In any case, my notes say that the aroma is of sourdough and honey (always a winner in my book) and that the wine is extremely rich in the mouth with fruit (Parker’s apricot marmalade is actually a great descriptor here!) that eases over into grapiness on the finish. The apparent sweetness was more in the nose than mouth. This wine was delicious with Appenzeller cheese. Perhaps we are drinking it a bit late, but I was more than satisfied with the bursting and long-lasting flavors.
For your delectation I include this photo of M. Jaume and ses fils superbes, Christophe and Sébastien.