This is so good. And the price point is ideal.
I can’t say that this is a wine brimming with typicity simply because it’s a blend of two whites that are originally from radically – one would say adversarially – different regions. However, this 85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier wine comes from Languedoc-Roussillon region in the southwest portion of France that borders on the Mediterranean. Le Grand Noir is one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who’s taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them. Ordinarily, the blend of Chard and Viognier just couldn’t exist. But in the L-R, anything’s possible!
It’s a surprisingly luscious wine. It has a wonderful body that belies its 13% abv. It’s clear, bright, and straw colored. On the nose, it has hints of apple, pear, cream, vanilla, and a flower component. On the palate, it’s simple, with the apple, pear, cream, and vanilla that displayed on the nose and with surprising acidity and medium finish.
For $10.95, it’s a killer deal.
As you can see in the review summary above, I added QPR (Quality/Price Ratio) because although it’s a nice wine that’s better than merely okay, it becomes outstanding with the price point.