Château Pégau 2013 Cuvée Lône Côtes-du-Rhône ($18.99)

Chateau Pegau

Clear, rather rich straw color. Appealing on the nose and palate, a blend of white fruit and a hint of something that reminds me of beeswax in the aroma, carrying over on the palate with good fruit – pears and green figs, maybe – with good texture, medium-bodied or a bit more so, kept in shape with tart, mouth-watering acidity. It’s a typical Southern Rhône white blend of Clairette (40%), Bourboulenc (30%), Grenache Blanc (20%) and Ugni Blanc (10%), made with no oak and no malolactic fermentation.

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