2008 Domaine de la Becassonne blanc

by Stevie on March 4, 2010

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We’ve been great fans of white Domaine de la Becassonne from the southern Rhône for ages. We first came across the wine more than two years ago when the 2006 vintage was on the market. We hardly ever drink white but enjoyed this one so much that we ordered a case. The 2007 vintage was even more spectacular. We particularly loved the perfume that rose from the glass. We bought two cases of that one and had another case at our wedding party. It was a huge success.

2008 Domaine de la Becassonne

The other day we tried the 2008. Wine Spectator says that ’08 is a so-so year for the southern Rhône. And though the Becassonne ’08 isn’t as marvelous as the ’07, it’s still much more interesting than a lot of white wine at a similar price point. I got this bottle for $14.99 at K and L. The Wine House sells it for the same but they offer case discounts.

It’s a blend of 50% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 30% Grenache blanc. It comes in at 13% alcohol.

It’s a straw yellow color with the aroma of green apple. We tasted peach, pear and a little grapefruit as well as mineral. It had a “creamy” texture and a peppery finish. Hegui thought it tasted “thick” and sort of “chardonnay-ish,” though more interesting.

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Marysol March 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

I hardly consider myself a wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy it on occasion—both, whites and reds—so I’ll keep an eye out for your recommendation. Your description sold me.

Heguiberto March 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

Hello Marysol,

We highly recommend that you try Rhône or Rhône style wines. They are our absolute favorite! This Domaine de la Becassonne is gourgeous.

Thanks for checking us out!

Kurt March 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I took your advice and ordered some o fthis wine. It must be popular. The Wine House in San Francisco only had three bottles left and K&L only had 11. I ordered them all but hope that they get more shipments soon. with the warm weather, I think that a full bodied white will be excellent!

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