Wine Studio Uncorked: Tardieu-Laurent 08 Guy Louis Blanc

“If you can't fly then run if you can't run then walk if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

We did a bit of crawling last night, as we got off to a rough start, and this was supposed to be the wine that would kick off the inaugural #WineStudio event last night, but because of its potential mass popularity, Twitter decided to bump our event to next week, and in part because there was some other event going on yesterday, involving the President which seemed to take priority. 

But that said as many of you may already know our very first Wine Studio 'live' will have to start next Monday, the 28th starting at 6PM [PST]. I hope to see as many of you there as possible, ready to get your Rhone on. As I've indicated this is going to be a five-week journey into this amazing region and you can expect us to stay right there in France, as we will be covering most of the major players and few unexpected regions.

First up in that regard, we are going to focus on the white wines of the Rhone. The kind of white wines that any vino-sapiens would be happy to be sporting in their glass. It's time to say goodbye to wimpy white-wines and say HELLO to some of the amazing Rhone-Zone blends; like Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier.

Typically, I don't drink a lot of white wines myself, but when it comes to white wines like the one pictured above, I'm all about it. This wine has the amazing structure and complexity and some nice weight to it as well. It has a great vein of acidity running through the ample fruit. The abv is a surprisingly low, but welcomed 12.5%, considering the blend 60% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne and 10% Grenache, produced from vines 50 years and older. 

The color as you can see is quite striking, grabbing you by the nose is just hint honeyed wet stones aromas and white peach, which don't really jump from the glass, but still gets your attention. This wine offers up an inviting lychee nut, a bit of almond, white-currant liqueur, bit of chalk, and apricot marmalade spread on toast. This wine is really stunning, honeyed, and a bit flamboyant [but without the open shirt and gold medallion].

This wine is very clean and focused. It would pair nicely with many foods, but something like a delish white-sauce pasta dish would be a good match and I found one here that sounds fantastic. If you like get a bottle or two of this wine for yourself; you can do via Protocol Wine Studio they are selling it for $34 each. I scored this wine 91 points and highly recommend that you give it a swirl yourself very soon, until next time, sip long and prosper cheers!


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